Common Eastern Velvet Ant

Dasymutilla occidentalis

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Dasymutilla occidentalis (red velvet ant or eastern velvet ant), is a species of parasitoid wasp native to the eastern United States. It is commonly mistaken for a member of the true ant family, as the female is wingless. The species ranges from Connecticut to Missouri in the north and Florida to Texas in the south. Other common names include cow ant and cow killer.

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  1. (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Judy Gallagher, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/10513401
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasymutilla_occidentalis

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