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Subject: what kind of bug is this?
Location: Southern Maryland
August 21, 2013 10:53 am
I found this bug in my sons room. I thought it was a ant but when I tried to kill it, it squeaks and then I looked at it closer and it did not look like any ant I have ever seen. My son is allergic to ants and I am a little concerned because this bug looks mean.
Signature: Angela N.

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Angela,
This is a Velvet Ant, which is actually a flightless female wasp reported to have a very painful sting.  They should not be handled.  Thank you for providing both a dorsal and ventral view.

Velvet Ant ventral view

Velvet Ant ventral view

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Subject: Odd bug on cucumbers
Location: Houston texas
July 27, 2013 2:32 pm
Found these on my cucumbers. They were not bothering me but it seems the more of them that show up the worse my cucumbers are doing.
Signature: Thanks, chris

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Hi Chris,
This is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp.  While she will not harm your cucumbers, you should exercise caution and not handle this Velvet Ant as they are reported to deliver a very painful sting.  Based on photos posted to BugGuide, we believe this might be
Dasymutilla quadriguttata.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Simi Valley, CA USA
May 30, 2013 6:40 pm
My daughter just brought this into our house. What is it? It looks like a cross between a bee and a furry spider. She found it in the sand. Thank you!
Signature: Reg

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Reg,
Tell your daughter to be cautious.  This is a Velvet Ant in the genus
Dasymutilla.  Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps that are reported to have a very painful sting.  They are not aggressive, but they do defend themselves.  We are not certain of the species, but this might be Dasymutilla sackenii since it is close to this photo on BugGuide.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early June while we are out of the office.

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Subject: Curious about an unknown bug
Location: Found hidden in the dirt.
May 3, 2013 12:26 am
Hello, bugman. I was wondering around in the backyard earlier today and I found this very interesting bug. I’m not sure what it really is, but i was really curious to find out. I captured it and now I have it in a open container I made for it. I asked some friends and family if they might know it but no. I tried finding pictures or websites that might help me identify the bug, but no help. Then I ran into whatsthatbug.com! I’m not really sure how to explain what type of bug it is but to me, it looks like a bee or a fly mixed with another insect. I’m not too sure, but i’ll leave it to the experts! I’d love to hear back! Thank you so much!
Signature: Miguel

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Miguel,
Handle this gal with caution.  She is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp reported to have a very painful sting.  We don’t want to try to identify your Velvet Ant to the species level without a location.  If you are in Arizona, this might be
Dasymutilla eminentia which is pictured on BugGuide.

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

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Subject: ant
Location: St Lucia, South Africa
December 28, 2012 12:33 pm
What k7nd of ant is this.
Signature: any

Velvet Ant

Dear any,
This is a Velvet Ant in the family Mutillidae, a flightless female wasp (males have wings) that is reported to have an incredibly painful sting, if they are anything like their North American relatives.

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Subject: Velvet Ant
Location: Cookeville, TN
September 18, 2012 9:58 am
I was recently camping in Cookeville, TN when this colorful bug came running through our campsite. A couple days later I was able to identify it as a female Red Velvet Ant. I thought you may like to have these photos for your archives.
Sorry they aren’t a little more focused, the pics were taken on my phone and that little bugger is FAST!
I heard rumors that the blue ones lived there too but I wasn’t lucky enough to see one.
Signature: Lex

Velvet Ant

Hi Lex,
Thanks for sending in your photo.  It nicely depicts the coloration and markings of the Velvet Ant commonly called a Cowkiller.

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