Weird Animal Monday: Panda Ant

One of 3,000 species of wasps.

I’ve never been a fan of insects, but there are some that I tolerate more than others. Ants are the only insects besides flies that I would tolerate being around or touching. As adorable as this panda colored insect looks, it’s actually not an ant, it’s a wasp. It belongs to a family of more than 3,000 wasps better known as cow killers or cow ants due to their painful sting. The reason they look like ants is because they are wingless females. There are also some red/orange ones often referred to as velvet ants. A lot of these species of Mutillidae are found in the southwestern United States and adjacent parts of Mexico (far away from me thankfully).

Source: Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Chris Lukhaup

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