Subject: looks like huge ant with yellow and black colors
May 6, 2014 1:43 am
Found this bug (image attached), looks like ant, big ant, with
black back and yellow dots, bee colors.
called it bant
Did you see something like this before?
Signature: Best Regards, Tarik Haddad
Hi again Tarik,
Sorry about the very short reply yesterday. We were late. This is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp, and North American relatives are reported to have a very painful sting, so we imagine the same is true of the Israeli species. Velvet Ants often have bright warning coloration, known as aposematic coloration, to warn people and predators to leave them alone.