Jarod with the Cow Killer
My nextdoor neighbor, Jarod, loves spiders and insects! This morning I heard the doorbell ring and there was Jarod standing there with an empty Gatorade bottle containing this "Cow Killer", a.k.a. Velvet Ant. He had caught her at his soccer game. I transferred her to a bug container and had to wait until she dried to get the close-up photo.
It seems like lately all I am posting is venomous critters! :) This 1-inch long insect looks like a beautiful ant, but it is actually a wingless female wasp. She has a wicked sting, thus the common name "Cow Killer". Her red and black coloration is a warning that she is venomous.