Organism of the Day: The Panda Ant

Behold, the Panda Ant (Euspinolia militaris)!

ImageThis little guy certainly is strange. Surprisingly, it is not an ant at all, but still a member of the same Order (Hymenoptera). Actually, it’s a wasp. The family Mutillidae is the family of velvet ants, which are furry, wingless wasps. Or rather, wingless female wasps. These little guys can pack a punch; Their sting hurts so much that it’s also called the “Cow Killer”. They live in the Andes in Chile, so don’t expect to see one around here.

ImageNote, I don’t own these images.

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Posted on September 19, 2013, in Insects, Organism of the Day. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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