Common Name: Velvet ants; Cow killers
Description: Velvet ants are predatory wasps (they are not closely related to ants). In most species, the females are wingless. They can be recognized by their hairy bodies – often brightly colored with red, yellow, or orange on black. Females have a painful sting which has earned them the common name “cow killers”. Larvae mostly parasitize ground-nesting bees and wasps.