Location: north central Texas
July 1, 2014 7:55 am
Can you identify this ant? It has a stinger that looks smaller than a human hair and extends about half its body length. the sting is extremely painful, i have been stung twice. the body is very hard almost like concrete. whats a good and safe way to get rid of these?
Signature: Thank You Tammy Daniel
Though it resembles an ant and it is called a Velvet Ant, this insect is actually a flightless female wasp in the family Mutillidae and you are correct that the sting is reported to be quite painful. We cannot say for certain which species this is, but it resembles the members of the genus Timulla pictured on BugGuide.