This is a male Velvet Ant—males have wings and females do not. In spite of its name the Velvet ant is actually a wasp. This large insect is also commonly referred to as a “Cow Killer” because of its powerful and painful sting. Photograph courtesy Penny Halstead.

Velvet Ant - Male

Observation Details

County Dallas
City Hutchins
Date Aug 9, 2013
Time of Day Morning
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Roaming
Gender Male
Maturity Adult
Observer Penny Halstead
Main Article Velvet Ant Observation Location