What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

terribel painful sting
Location: woodland hill, california
July 26, 2011 9:49 pm
everywhere this year – been here 15 years and never seen this bug
black body – does not fly – looks like a white clover flower –
terribly painful sting
Signature: cheers

Velvet Ant

Dear cheers,
We do not want to even attempt a species identification from such a blurry image, but we can tell that this is a Velvet Ant, and you are correct, they are reported to have an extremely painful sting.  Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps, and may have bright orange and red coloration with black markings.  Under no circumstances should Velvet Ants be handled with bare hands.  A sting is sure to follow.

YES IT WAS INDEED A WHITE FURRY VELVET ANTS – THERE SEEM TO BE MANY AROUND THIS YEAR – ANY IDEA WHY NOW?

Conditions were right.  Unseasonal rains may have contributed.

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