Geographical Range United States to South America
Habitat Various habitats, including deserts, scrublands, prairies, pastures, mountain areas
Scientific Name Dasymutilla spp.
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

She wears red velvet, but she's not an ant. Velvet "ants" are actually wasps. Females are wingless, and can inflict a very painful sting. Males are winged and stingless. Many velvet ant species are parasites of other insects. Another name for the velvet ant is "cow killer," because of the effect the sting has on cows.