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28 Sep 2019 19:07 - 28 Sep 2019 19:08 #5361 by william crush
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Found this guy walking outside home , has red upper body black with yellow spots on the lower area, any ideas ?
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29 Sep 2019 07:29 - 29 Sep 2019 14:35 #5362 by Paul T
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She is a velvet ant. They are not actually ants but its their common name, they are actually wasps (wasps, bees and ants are all from the same order). Here's the blurb from wikipedia:

"The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense pile of hair, which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the giant panda. Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, (the sting of the species Dasymutilla klugii rated a 3 on the Schmidt pain index and lasts up to 30 minutes), hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. However, mutillids are not aggressive and sting only in defense. In addition, the actual toxicity of their venom is much lower than that of honey bees or harvester ants. Unlike true ants, they are solitary, and lack complex social systems."

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