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  Killer ant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Killer ant is a term to describe any of several species of ants that are predatory, attack en masse when their mounds are disturbed, and can kill animals many times their size, even deer if they are immobilized.
Velvet ants are popularly known as "cow killers", but this is a fanciful name; they cannot kill animals as large as cows.
Note that velvet ants are not ants proper: that is, they are not members of the ant family Formicidae, but are wasps in the family Mutillidae.
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 Velvet ant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mutillidae or velvet ants, also known as cow killers, are not actually ants but a type of wasp.
They are known for their extremely painful sting, the venom of which was once mistakenly thought to be powerful enough to kill a cow, hence the nickname "cow killers.".
The earliest-known velvet ants are believed to be specimens from the Dominican Republic preserved in amber for some 25 to 40 million years.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Velvet_ant   (140 words)

  
 entnotes11.html
The velvet ants too, are also members of this group of sand-inhabiting insects, and may be noticed as they walk busily over the sand surface.
Identification of velvet ants has been troublesome because of the great differences between males and females and because of variation in size of adults within single species: size of the adult apparently depends upon size of the host species used.
Velvet ants are fascinating insects by virtue of their life activities and the many questions about them which remain unanswered.
insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu /MES/notes/entnotes11.html   (1059 words)

  
 Insects in the City - Texas Cooperative Extension - Texas Cooperative Extension
Velvet ants are not ants at all, but a specialized group of insects belonging to the wasp family Mutillidae.
Most kinds of velvet ants are fl or brown and they may be strikingly ringed or marked with red, yellow or orange.
Velvet ants spend the winter inside the nest of their hosts in a pre-adult (prepupal) stage.
williamson-tx.tamu.edu /IPM/VelvetAnts.htm   (627 words)

  
 Wasps
Velvet ants (Dasymutilla) are among the more colorful of all organisms in the desert.
Particularly large velvet ants include the fl and red D. klugii and Satan’s velvet ant, which is fl with a yellowish-white furry abdomen.
Once a female velvet ant locates a nest of a suitable host, she enters, opens a cell of a host larva that has completed feeding or has already pupated, lays an egg on or near the host, and closes the cell.
www.desertmuseum.org /books/nhsd_wasps.html   (1301 words)

  
 Velvet Ant: pictures, information, classification and more   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Velvet ants are also known as cowkillers and mulekillers because of the female's long and painful sting.
Most species of velvet ants are fl with a dense, velvety covering of white, yellow, golden, orange, or red hairs.
All North American species of velvet ants are parasites, laying eggs in the nests of bees and other wasps.
www.everythingabout.net /articles/biology/animals/arthropods/insects/wasps/velvet_ant   (277 words)

  
 Velvet Ants 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Ants have knobs on their narrowed waist (the section that joins the thorax to the abdomen), bees have feathery hairs all over their body, and wasps have neither a knobbed waist nor feathery hairs.
Velvet ant larvae are external parasites on the larvae and pupae of solitary bees and wasps that live in underground burrows.
Velvet ants have an unusually thick exoskeleton, a suit of armor, that probably serves to protect them from the stings and powerful bites of nest-defending bees and wasps.
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 Insect Swarm
CR 3: As individuals, velvet ants, grasshoppers, and locusts are relatively harmless.
The velvet ant resembles a plump version of the common ant, except for the soft fuzz that covers its entire body.
There are about 100 ants per square foot; therefore, a swarm of 10,000 ants forms a block about 10 feet per side.
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 Venom!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Velvet ants are a common sight in southern Missouri.
Velvet ants are very colorful, usually orange and fl, and can grow about an inch long.
The velvet ant has such a powerful stinger and venom that it has earned the nickname "cow killer!" Of course they don't really kill cows, but the nickname suggests that it might be better to leave them alone.
www.conservation.state.mo.us /kids/out-in/2003/02/1.htm   (1022 words)

  
 Velvet ants - DesertUSA
Velvet ants – actually wasps –; get their name from the hairs that cover their body and because they resemble ants.
Velvet ants are active during the day, and they may be some of the first insects to hit the trail in the morning and last to settle in for the night.
Velvet ants are also known as cow killers or mule killers because of their extremely painful sting.
www.desertusa.com /mag01/feb/papr/ant.html   (624 words)

  
 Urban IPM: Insects: Bees, Hornets, and Wasps: Velvet Ants
Velvet ants are not ants at all but rather solitary female wasps, belonging to the family Mutillidae.
Adult velvet ants primarily feed on nectar, though they also feed on larvae and adult insects, such as flies, beetles, bees and other wasps.
Velvet ants are usually solitary, and thus no control measures are usually required.
ag.arizona.edu /urbanipm/insects/bees/velvetants.html   (458 words)

  
 Velvet Ants
Despite their popular name, velvet ants are not true ants but in fact belong to a family of parasitic wasps called Mutillidae.
Velvet ants are often conspicuous and brightly coloured fl and scarlet, as in the example illustrated from North America, or fl with orange or whitish hairs.
Very little is known about the general biology of most velvet ants, except that all are parasitic and the majority lay their eggs in the nests of other wasps and bees.
www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk /velvant.htm   (425 words)

  
 velvet ants : The Termite Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Velvet ants – actually wasps – get their name from the hairs that cover their body and because they resemble ants.
The velvet ants, clad in their colourful livery of soft hair, are not true ants at all.
Velvet ants belong to the wasp family Mutillidae and can be referred to as mutillids or, as an...
www.thetermitesite.com /terms/ants/velvet-ants.htm   (315 words)

  
 SDNHM - Dasymutilla sp. (Velvet Ant)
They can be differentiated from true ants in having only a slight constriction, or pedicel, between the abdomen and thorax and in having antennae that are not elbowed.
Velvet Ants are visually stunning insects to happen upon in the field.
Depending upon the species, the developing Velvet Ant brood will feed upon the larvae of the wasp or bee, or the stockpile of food left for the unsuspecting wasp or bee.
www.sdnhm.org /fieldguide/inverts/dasymutilla.html   (446 words)

  
 Velvet Ants
Ants, however, have elbowed antennae, and a "hump" in the constriction between the thorax and abdomen.
Velvet ants prefer pastures and fields with sandy soil where their prey are most likely to be found.
One velvet ant that is commonly submitted for identification is the ‘cow killer.’ The cow killer is the largest of the velvet ants in Kentucky, nearly an inch in length.
www.uky.edu /Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/trees/ef442.htm   (519 words)

  
 velvet ant --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Velvet ants are so called because the females are covered with dense hairs and, like ants, are wingless.
The term derives from the Middle French velu, “shaggy.” Velvet is made in the pile weave, of silk, cotton, or synthetic fibres, and is characterized by a soft, downy surface formed by clipped yarns.
Originally from South America, they are red or yellowish ants of medium or small size (from to of an inch, or 1 to 5 millimeters, in length) with a severe sting that burns like fire.
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 velvet on Encyclopedia.com
Velvet is supposedly one of the silk weaves developed on the ancient shuttle looms of China.
Magnificent velvets were used in Europe in 12th- and 13th-century religious and court ceremonials.
Plush and velveteen resemble velvet and are sometimes used as substitutes; the weft loops, rather than the warp loops, form the pile on these substitutes.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/v1/velvet.asp   (628 words)

  
 Velvet Ant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
DESCRIPTION: Velvet ants are medium-sized, red and fl insects that resemble ants, but are more closely related to wasps.
LIFE CYCLE: The female velvet ant invades a nest of wasps or bumblebees and lays eggs in the cells of the host.
The velvet ant larvae kills and eats the host bee pupa.
www.ext.vt.edu /departments/entomology/factsheets/velvetan.html   (116 words)

  
 Velvet Ant
Despite their name, Velvet Ants are not ants at all, but wasps.
Velvet Ants range in size from 1/8 inch to 1 inch and vary greatly in appearance within the more than 150 species that inhabit the United States.
Velvet Ants are brightly colored to signify that they are not to be trifled with.
www.toddshikingguide.com /FloraFauna/Fauna66.htm   (224 words)

  
 Velvet Ant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Velvet ants are not ants at all but rather solitary female wasps.
The female velvet ant invades a nest of wasps or bumblebees and lays eggs in the cells of the host.
Dennis added that the velvet ant pictured is the most common species found at Kaweah Oaks Preserve.
kaweahoaks.com /html/velvet_ant.html   (321 words)

  
 Wildlife of Sydney - Fact File - Velvet ants
Velvet ants get their name from the wingless female that resembles a hairy ant.
Inside the nest the velvet ant egg hatches quickly and the larva that emerges eats the developing larva or pupa and then spins its own cocoon.
Female velvet ants are capable of delivering a painful sting if disturbed.
faunanet.gov.au /wos/factfile.cfm?Fact_ID=235   (158 words)

  
 Velvet Ant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla spp.) is quite common in Pittsylvania County.
These wasps are called velvet ants, because the antlike females are wingless.
It is said that barefooted tobacco farmers dreaded this velvet ant which often roamed over sandy tobacco fields.
www.pcs.k12.va.us /vtrail/velvetant.htm   (81 words)

  
 Velvet Ants Ant Data And News
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description velvet ants are mediumsized red and fl insects that resemble ants but are more closely related to wasps.
Thistledown velvet ant velvet ants enature.com is a free searchable nature and wildlife database warning female velvetants will inflict a painful sting if bothered.
www.pestcontrolguru.com /velvet-ants-ant.html   (837 words)

  
 Velvet Ants Ant
The velvet ants too, are also members of this group of sand-inhabiting insects,...
Despite their popular name, velvet ants are not true ants but in fact belong to a family...
Velvet ants are not ants at all but rather solitary female wasps, belonging to the family...
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 ants: pictures, pests, carpenter ants, fireants, argentine
When ants invade your home or property your first step in control is to know exactly which type of ant you are dealing with.
A few species (fire ants, carpenter ants) are easily recognized; ants that are common and well known to your area or region will be easy for some to identify (Argentine ants in California).
After confirming the ant species, read about the way it likes to feed, what foods it prefers and the ant control methods that professionals have found to be the safest and most effective for different indoor and outdoor situations.
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 MSN Encarta - Search Results - velvet
Velvet, fabric of silk, cotton, nylon, or other textile, with a short, thick pile.
It is woven on a double loom, then cut between the center pile to...
Velvet ants are also known as cowkillers and mulekillers...
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 Velvet Ants, Cow Killer, Wingless Wasps that Sting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Despite their name, velvet ants are actually wasps that have very dense hair covering their body.
Adult Velvet Ants feed on nectar, water or the larvae of other insects.
The sting of the velvet ant or cow killer can be severe enough to make someone think that it could kill a cow!
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 black ant bites treatment--"carpenter ants"--"flying ants"--"velvet ant ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
treating fl "ant bites", "carpenter ants", "flying ants", ‘velvet ant’ bites, and being "outdoors" is not much of a challenge for duck itch relief +.
Some people have become sensitized to fl ant bites, insect bites and other causes of contact urticaria and "hives", such as from plants, shrubs and trees that they have a sudden
and the drug "benadryl" is not recommended to be taken before a sting or fl ant bites.
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 cow killer ants : The Termite Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The most frequently encountered velvet ant wasps are commonly called cow killer ants and red velvet ants.
that is commonly submitted for identification is the ‘cow killer.’ The cow killer is the largest of the velvet ants in Kentucky, nearly an inch in length.
Ants Cow Killer Ant Crazy Ants Carpenter Ants Fire Ants Ghost Ants Odorous House Ant Pavement Ant Pharaoh Ants Pyramid Ants Red-Velvet Ant Velvet Ants White Footed Ants...
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