Cow Killer otherwise known as a Velvet Ant. A neighbor girl spotted this beside my house this morning... It is a Velvet Ant known as a Cow Killer, Dasymutilla occidentalis. We heeded the warning colors. The Velvet Ants are actually flightless female wasps that can sting. The common name Cow Killer refers to the sting being so painful it might kill a cow. Though the sting could not kill a cow, it is none the less reported to be quite painful.
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