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Subject: looks like huge ant with yellow and black colors
Location: Israel
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

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

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.

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

One Response to Velvet Ant from Israel

  1. Izak says:

    I found just such an antwasp yesterday (24-1-15), I discovered it as it was stinging my thigh. I can say that the sting was quite painful, a bit like the sting of a common wasp, and it leaves a small mark like a big mosquito bite. It still very vaguely hurts now, but nothing to get excited about. I released it as it caused me no harm.
    The location was Kadesh Barnea.

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