This is a female Velvet Ant. It was photographed near the Trinity River in Hutchins, Texas. These insects are actually wasps not ants. The female Velvet Ant is also know as the Cow Killer because of its powerful sting.

Velvet Ant - Female

Velvet Ant - Female

Velvet Ant - Female

Observation Details

County Dallas Hutchins - RWRC
City Hutchins
Date Jul 27, 2013
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Roaming
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Velvet Ant Observation Location