Velvet ant kingdom
Velvet Ant. The female velvet ant enters the host's nest, punctures the host's cocoon, and lays an egg. The velvet ant larva feeds on the mature larva or pupa of the host. It does not consume food stored in the host's nest. Species in other parts of the world also parasitize flies, beetles, butterflies, and moths, in addition to bees and other wasps.The velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) avoids predation using the following defense mechanisms; a venomous sting (if female), aposematic coloration, a stridulatory organ in their abdomen, an alarm secretion from their mandibular gland, and a powerful, rounded exoskeleton. velvet ant kingdom
Velvet ants are native to the Eastern United States and can be found in the South from Texas to Florida and in the North from Missouri to Connecticut. They do not socialize and live solitary lives. Due to constantly being on the move, they do not build nests and only interact with others of their species when mating or by chance.
Velvet ants occur in places where their host species dig their nests. They are most often found in open, dry, sunny, sandy areas such as sunny lawns or cemeteries. Females of several species can produce chirping or squeaking sounds by scraping one abdominal segment against another. The Eastern Velvet Ant also known as the Cow Killer is not an ant at all, though it looks and walks like one. The Cow Killer is actually a type of wasp and the wingless female has a ferocious sting that is rumored to be strong enough to kill cattle. To humans, the sting is extremely painful and this insect should not be handled.velvet ant kingdom Velvet Ants, a. k. a. Cow Killers Ants Dasymutilla occidentalis Although commonly referred to as the red velvet ant (and in some cases cow killer ant), this name is misleading because velvet ants