What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Maryland

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