Bug ID

mulberryknobAugust 14, 2012

I don't have a pic, but there is a strange insect in my garden that I can't find in my guides. It is orange and black, banded horizontally across it's body, about the size of a black blister beetle. It appears to be fuzzy, like a bumblebee. I see it crawling along the ground. Doesn't seem to have wings. Surely someone will know what this thing is and if it is friend or foe. I assume not foe or surely it would have been in my guide to insect pests. Thanks for any help.

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Would it be one from the Cow ant family?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 9:57PM
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Lady beetle larvae? (OK. I know I'm not much help, here.)

Larry, that cow ant thing is gnarly. Never seen that before and don't think I'd like to cross it's path, either. I'm not particularly fond of wasps, much less those in disguise. sheesh

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 10:09PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7


My first thought was that it was a red velvet ant. Then, I read Larry's ID of a cow-killer, and had to look it up, and it is....the red velvet ant.

If our ID is incorrect, let us know and we'll try again.

I'll link a photo of the type of red velvet ant I see here. Yours may not look identical. There are many species of red velvet/cow killer ants.


Here is a link that might be useful: Red Velvet/Cow Killer Ant

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 10:20PM
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We have had those things on this place since I was a child, and maybe a million years before. I have a strong hatred of them from stepping on so many barefoot. They may be a good bug but they sure inflict a painful sting. They are hard to kill also, you can stomp one and it will keep running after you move you foot.


    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 10:55PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

I don't see them often enough to worry about them...just a few times a year, so I ignore them.

My pet peeve among stinging insects here is the scorpions. I hate them, hate them, hate them.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:01PM
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We have lots of these and they have never bothered us. Reading the link Dawn provided makes me like them, more than not.

Tahlequah, OK

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 7:31AM
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That's it. Thanks. I've seen the female; now I will look out for the male.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 8:15AM
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