Cow Killer

Subject: Cowkiller
Location: south Louisiana
October 10, 2014 8:15 pm
What’s up Bug man! I caught a red velvet ant/wasp in my back yard while I was mowing and I put it in a container. What can I feed it?
Signature: Jon Hite

Dear Jon,
Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps, and most adult wasps take nectar or other sweet, sugary liquids as food.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults (males?) take nectar.”  Perhaps honey will suffice.

Location: Louisiana

5 Responses to Cow Killer

  1. So named because her sting (the females are wingless) is supposed to be so painful it can kill a cow. DO NOT GET STUNG.

  2. You’ve got to be kidding me. *shiver!
    I’m going to have nightmares!

  3. I’ve given the answer before as an explanation of the name. The cow killer gets in the hoof where it can’t be reached and stings, the cow runs amok, maybe breaks a leg, and has to be put down.

  4. The way I remember which one stings and which one doesn’t is, “Wings no Stings, Stings no Wings” or “No Stings, Wings, No Wings, Stings”

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