Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies - Alex Wild Photography
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Dasymutilla occidentalis

Dasymutilla occidentalis

Dasymutilla occidentalis - red velvet ant. This insect is not a true ant but a wingless wasp that parasitizes other species of soil-nesting wasps. The bright color advertises a famously painful sting. Sand Ridge State Forest, Illinois, USA

Cow KillerAposematicvelvet antMutillidaewingless waspDasymutilla occidentalis