Red Velvet Ant
I know firsthand why they call this THE COW KILLER. Last September, I stepped across a potted plant on my porch and my foot was attacked by a "ball of biters". It immediately felt like I had stepped into a bed of coals. This intense pain lasted for about five minutes and then was replaced by a horrible achy pain that lasted for two weeks along with intense itching and swelling. For several months, my foot would swell up, ache and itch repeatedly for no reason. Even now, six months later, I still have reoccurring symptoms. Sometimes my foot feels like I have arthritis in it. Beautiful little critter, but wicked!!

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