103 thoughts on “Mysterious red ant wasp

  1. Yup, velvet ant. And ants and wasps are among the most closely related of insects, anyway. Maybe this is the result of ‘kissing cousins’..

  2. I like how Jill wrote the blog (and I’m being serious). It reminds me of a children’s book:

    I’ve never seen an ant like this before..

    (turns page)

    It was the size of a honeybee but it had no wings.

    (turns page)

    It was red and furry

    (turns page)

    It was in Altadena

    The End.
    ;-)

  3. I am in the Atlanta area and 7/30 happened upon something very similiar to what you are talking about. the one I saw was in the grass and almost 2 inchs in lenght and about the size of the little finger in diameter. Such a bright red with not sure but maybe 2 bands of black ,and the red part looked fuzzy. To say I stepped on it more then just a few times one be saying it slightly . it just walked away ,tried again ,walked away.Finally stomped it as hard as I could . Looked dead and left. About an hour later went back .it was gone..what ever it was left . checked another ant listing and it looked also very much like a picture they had of what they called a hurricane cow ant.Can you help me out here .Someone at work said they really hurt if biten by them. I probably will never see another one but would like to know ..thanks Bill

  4. I have seen many of these ants were I live in eastern OK and yes there are very tough little boogers. Locals simpley call them cow ants.I don’t know where they come from or where there going but I’m very carefull not to step on them with my bare feet.

  5. i was lying on my couch just now and saw this insect crawling across the carpet. i put a wine glass over, looked at it and came right to the internet. i have never seen anything like this before, but it seems like what you are describing. a very large ant, 3 sections of its body,fire engine red and fuzzy, no wings, but the largest part (the abdomen) is pointed as if it has a stinger. 6 legs so its not a spider… so bizarre.
    i live in santa barbara, ca.

  6. we found a yellow one that looks just like your red furry ant? We live in Lake Shastina, CA….Nor Cal, how random. Thanks for the info on this wasp, glad we didn’t hold it! LOL!

  7. WE just got back from a hike here in Carmichael CA, and found several of these… is it an ant or a wasp??? does it bite?? is it poisonous??

    My 7th grader will be adding it to his collection… any additional info would be great!

  8. The ones you are talking about are the female of the velvet wasp species. The male flies. For some reason, the female doesn’t. I did the research a couple of summers ago when I came across one walking in my driveway…I am in De. However, this morning I was watering my plants and on one of my palm trees was a grouping of about 50 red ants with black legs…just like the wasp only truly ant size. I don’t know if they are immature females or some kind of ant. They are bright red like the wasp. After spraying them with sevin to no avail, I cut the frond off and stepped on them. Does anyone know if these are the wasps in an immature version?

  9. I work at a private Fixed base operation (place for private aircraft) at Fresno International Airport, CA. One of my fuel techs says he sees these all over out by our fuel farm (where we pump and store jet fuel). Today he managed to catch one, but only because it was apparently dying. He put it in a cup, brought it in to me, and asked me to find out what it was. I searched “fuzzy ant” and this is what I found. Looks just like it. I’d never seen anything like it before! A wasp, huh? Weird…

  10. We first saw one of these “ants” crawling in our new office. Upon inspection, noticed one or two more outside in our landscaping……had an exterminator come out and sure enough he said they are a “flighless wasp” They apparently are common in North Carolina between May up through September. I have lived in NC all of my life and this is the first time (and hopefully the last) I have ever seen this insect.

  11. I just spotted one in my backyard in Memphis, TN. It was pretty, fast moving and I did not want to touch. I searched the web and also found they are called velvet ants or cow killers and are female wasps.

  12. WE ARE FROM WEST TERRE HAUTE ,INDIANA . ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO WE FIRST CAME ACROSS THIS “ANT” MARCHING DOWN THE DRIVEWAY . MY HUSBAND WALKED ALONG WITH IT TO KEEP THE KIDS AWAY TIL WE COULD PUT IT IN A JAR. THROUGH THE YEARS WE HAVE ONLY SEEN FOUR OTHERS AND DID NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE.SINCE THEN HAVE FOUND OUT THEY ARE CALLED VELVET ANT . NOT A GOOD NAME AS MOST PEOPLE LIKE THE FEEL OF VELVET. SINCE IT IS REALLY A FLIGHTLESS FEMALE WASP OR “COW KILLER” I’M GLAD MY KIDS NEVER FOUND THIS ONE ON THEIR OWN AND PUT IT IN THEIR POCKET LIKE THE MANY FROGS WHEN THEY WERE SMALL .

  13. WE ARE FROM WEST TERRE HAUTE ,INDIANA . ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO WE FIRST CAME ACROSS THIS “ANT” MARCHING DOWN THE DRIVEWAY . MY HUSBAND WALKED ALONG WITH IT TO KEEP THE KIDS AWAY TIL WE COULD PUT IT IN A JAR. THROUGH THE YEARS WE HAVE ONLY SEEN FOUR OTHERS AND DID NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE.SINCE THEN HAVE FOUND OUT THEY ARE CALLED VELVET ANT . NOT A GOOD NAME AS MOST PEOPLE LIKE THE FEEL OF VELVET. SINCE IT IS REALLY A FLIGHTLESS FEMALE WASP OR “COW KILLER” I’M GLAD MY KIDS NEVER FOUND THIS ONE ON THEIR OWN AND PUT IT IN THEIR POCKET LIKE THE MANY FROGS WHEN THEY WERE SMALL . THEY COULD HAVE BEEN HURT BY THE STING .

  14. I live in Venice Florida and found one of these walking across our driveway this morning..Never seen anything like it.

  15. I just saw one of these today and never saw one before. Looked up “bright red ant” on google and found this blog. Interesting looking creature.

  16. I have seen these thing since I was about 10 I live in Charlotte NC and I and 19 now. I have seen about 3 over the time and I found one outside on my porch and me being the person I am I tried to hurry up and picc it up by the bacc and run in the house to put it in a jar and before I could open the door it stung the #%ut out of me.Word of advice DON’T TOUCH THEM. It got me real good. Only hurts for about 2 minutes tho. Unfortunately I had to kill it. Lol

  17. I found a red velvet ant in my house 07/20/08. It was red and furry and a female I believe because it had a stinger

  18. I saw one of the red velevet ants today in GA. It was big and I have never seen it before. Glad I got out of its way.

  19. I saw one of these today in Crest, (San Diego CA) but it had no black stripe which kind of threw me off the Velvet Ant trail…Two scorpions too. Every day I see something new up there…these things are FREAKY though. The other NASTY bug they have up there is a Jerusalem Cricket…ugliest ant-looking bug I have ever seen.

  20. I was mowing my yard today and looked down and saw one. I took several pictures and then went inside to get a jar but it was gone when I got back. Glad I didn’t touch it! This was in Chester, Virginia.

  21. I just found one of these ants. From the color I assumed it was either poisonous or dangerous. I stepped on this thing about twleve time – realy – at least twelve times. It would not die – it played dead two or three times, but it wouold not die. I finally got my daughter to bring me a water bottle which I empteied so I could catch the thing. I recently moved to a wooded area with lots of corn and sor fields. About a month ago I killed what I later learned was a black widow female spider – so when I find something odd I want to research it – I have a small child and a kitten to protect. ANYWAY… what I want to know is, “DO these ant/wasp run in packs. Will I be finding these things all over the place – should I spray for them or put down granules? Need info – please help…

  22. We live in Alabama. I saw one going across our driveway and didn’t know what it was and my dad caught another one a couple of days ago and put it in a jar. We still have it I have searched the web and this is the first I have found… I am glad I know now because I have a small niece who plays in the yard…good to know to keep her away..thanks

  23. I live in N.C. and they seem very common around here, I was just outside walking in my back yard and i found about three of these (cow killers). I also have never seen one before, it was a interesting little thing.

  24. We were camping in the sierras (CA) this weekend and saw one of the light yellow ones. I asked hubby to pick it up with a stick so I could get a closer look at it. He decided to pick it up by the hairs and it bit him fast and hard. I told him not to pick it up since we didn’t know what it was. He’s allergic to hornets and he must not be allergic to wasps because it didn’t affect him. It burned for a long time though.

  25. I have seen these wasps quite a few times wondering to myself what in the world they were. I’ve always thought of them as ants too. I live in Thomasville, NC. One day I was at lunch and found one these wasps walking across a paved bicycle trail down the street from my work. I was able to catch it. It took me several stomps to get it to slow down, and then scooped it up with a cheeseburger wrapper. By the time I got it home to show it to my girlfriend it was dead. This wasp is fuzzy all over with bright red on top and black underneath. This one for some reason has a black stripe across the back of the abdomen. As I moved the wrapper out of the way to see the abdomen better a stinger came out. If the stinger touched the wrapper it would go back inside. I moved the wrapper out of the way again and the stinger came out even further. It kept going in and out like a stabbing motion. It extended out at least a quarter of an inch. It’s about one of the wildest things I have ever seen.

  26. I just found one of these wasps in my yard tonight. I thought it was a giant Ant. It scares the crap out of me now, because I have a 3 year old son, who runs around outside without shoes. I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland about 20 minutes from the beach, and I never thought I would find an insect like this. I just wonder what exactly a sting from one of these things is like. Could it kill you? I personally am very allergic to bees, wasps and hornets, so I will be staying inside now. LOL.

  27. I live in Southern IL and have seen about three of these creatures just this week. They are nearly impossible to kill. I tried to step on it and finally had to twist my foot on it and even though it’s body was torn apart (sorry but I’m not taking chances of my children being bitten/stung by that thing), it was still moving around. The one I saw last night wasn’t as vibrant red as the others. My friend calls is a cow killer so I’m not sure if it’s possible for animals to die from the sting/bite or not.

  28. I was outside our home a few minutes ago and saw one of these ants (or female wasps) crawling around in our driveway. The one I saw was at least two inches long and half inch across the back. I knew better than to touch it, but I was going to catch it, so I ran inside and got a jar and a lid. By the time I got back outside (about 45 seconds, tops) the thing was long gone. Didn’t look to be moving too fast to me, but apparently what I read about this bug on another website is correct. The author claimed these female wasps are very shy and will not bother you unless you back them into a corner, step on them, or touch them in any other way. (I live in South Central Kentucky near Lake Cumberland and we live in a fairly primitive area of Russell County.)

  29. wow i saw one just like it a min ago and it was in my pool it really freaked me out and at first i thought it was a spider then a wasp then i thought maybe thats what they call the cow ant! i was like what the hell iz that!!!
    ive never seen anything like it!!!
    i was so curious that i went and got a big tall glass and scoped it up and looked at it for a while then went straight to the computer to find out about it it was furry and big
    what ever it is, it looks VERY Dangerous like it would hurt really bad if it stung you :P

  30. Saw one of these yesterday. I had never seen anything like it before and was very curious. At first I thought it was an ant, but don’t ants run in packs? My son (11years) said “you know what they say, don’t touch anything that is of bright color – could be poisonous.” Would be interested to know if they do nest like other ants or wasp or are they solo like spiders? Anyone know? Danville, CA

  31. My younger brother and I found these one summer when we were kids. We were on a farm just south of Terre Haute, Indiana. This was about 15 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. My very curageous brother decided to pick one up. Of course it bit/stung him and he said he hurt so bad. The interesting thing though was that the ant made a very high pitched noise after stinging him, almost as if it was squilling. That summer was the only interaction we’ve had and we’ve never seen them since. Very rare indeed.

  32. Two weeks ago three frinds and I were out hiking in the Poppy Preserve outside of Lancaster CA and we came across a red velvet ant. It is quite unusual, but apparently people all over the country have been seeing them. Don’t touch because the sting is horrendous, that’s how it gets its nickname “Cow Killer.”

  33. One of my 4 yr old twins found one of these yesterday on the border of Utah in a town called Gateway, we were camping and he has a habit of picking any and every kind of bug up, he likes ants and it bite or stung him, he screamed and said a bug bite him, it had buried itself into the ground after stinging or biting him I shuffled the dirt around a bit and found it. Showed some of the others we were camping with and had never seen anything like it before we studied it thought it was a spider at first but realized it had 6 legs instead of 8. Stuck it in a baggy and it was making really high pitched screams we stuck a red fire ant in with it and the fire ant attacked it as the fuzzy ant ran from it. It has pinchers in the front and a stinger in the back. My son said it hurt really bad but after awhile he played as if nothing happend that was yesterday. It doesnt seem like it left any kind of mark nor did he have a reaction to it. But be aware of them they pack a painful sting/bite.

  34. Called ants, they are actually wingless female wasps. They have straight antenna (ants have bent antenna), and are bright red and fuzzy. The largest of the velvet ants,nearly an inch in length, is the ccalled the “cow killer” because its sting is said that the sting is so painful that it could kill a cow. I have never been stung, but have heard taht the pain is excruciating for about 10-15 min and hurts for about 30 minutes. But the sting is not deadly and I have not heard of any long term effects form being stung.

    That said, the female is basically a loner and will try to escape rather than fight, but if cornered can inflict a lot of pain. They invade bumble bee and other insects nests and lay their eggs in the larvae of other insects (one way to control insects you do not want).

    Rather tham stomping on them or spraying poison on them, just leave them alone. They will not chase or hunt you down loke bees, yellow jackets and wasps and may help control those populations.

    The male is half red and half black with dark wings, but has no stinger. Females seek out bumble bee nests and lay eggs inside the wax cups.

    Males of this species are winged and usually larger than the females, but have no stinger.

  35. ok, i saw one of these last summer, and this summer a few weeks back, and i’m glad i looked it up cause i work at a restaurant, an i wasnt sure if they were dangerous or not, but i stomped on it 4 times with a steel toed boot, and it didnt die or get smashed, it just kept on crawling, so i stepped on it again and had to drag my boot across the ground to kill it, it was so frakin weird

  36. i just saw one of these outside of my house in slidell, louisiana. i have never seen one of these before. i was outside watering my flowers and it came out of the mulch. i stepped on it like five times and it did die. afterward, i took of my shoe and tried to smoosh the body part, because the head was smooshed, but it was hard as a rock. i couldnt crush it. i came directly to the computer after i was done with my plants and looked this up. i was wondering if it was poisonous. very pretty, but very freaky looking. i do not think it was a wasp as others have posted, it had no wings.

  37. I live in Deltaville, VA and we have found 5 of these things this summer alone. But they aren’t an inch long, these were only about a half inch. I can’t help but wonder if there is a nest nearby. Now that I know they really won’t bother you unless you bother them, I feel bad about killing them. I picked up the tail end of it after it was “separated” from the body, to see how hard it was. It was like a rock! I only picked it up w/my fingers on the sides of the tail, I’m very lucky I didn’t get stung….apparently they do sting even after they are dead.

  38. I live in central Alabama and saw one yesterday right after my husband mowed our lawn. It was so fast and so red. I ‘ve never seen anything like it before. I’ve only seen the one and did not kill it, but I hope we don’t have very many. I have two young daughters and couldn’t imagine the hysterics if they stepped on one and got stung. It’s so nice to wonder about something and be able to just sit in front of the computer and get immediate answers. Thanks so much for the website and info.

  39. Saw one in southern Missouria last week and was told it is a ground wasp. Saw only the one and it too disappeared when I went to get a jar. Quite fascinating.

  40. I live in south eastern tennessee and just saw one of these things in my back yard. are they dangerous or what? they look pretty scary.i think i saw about 5 diffrent names for these in the other replys. cow killer, cow ant, velvet ant, wasp, wasp-ant, what are the genious and spieces names?

  41. I GOT BIT BY A ANT TODAY THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. I’M FROM BEDFORD, INDIANA. IT LOOKED LIKE A VERY LARGE BLACK ANT WITH FURRY RED HAIR WITH SMALL CLAWS. IT HURT PRETTY BAD FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES, VERY PAINFUL. THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO HOSPITAL. WWENT OUTSIDE LATER AND SAW ANOTHER ONE IN LANDSCAPING, TRIED TO KILL IT BT STEPPING ON AND CRUSHING IT BUT IT WOULD JUST GET BACK UPP AND WALK AWAY. FINALLY PICKED IT UP WITH PLIARERS AND HAD TO CRUSH IT WITH THEM, THATS WHEN I NOTICED IT HAD SMALL CLAWS. I NEVER WANT TO BE BIT BY ONE AGAIN!!

  42. Wow! This little critter scared the heck outta me! My 3-year-old daughter was trying to play with it. LOL. Our family collects bugs, it’s a small collection so far, but this little velvet ant is going to join a solpugid, sand puppy, and various other little guys found in our southeastern Utah region. =)

  43. I live in SE Kansas, and I just found what I believe to be one of these. It was about the size of a quarter, and was really flipping fast. It didn’t exhibit any hostile behavior, and after filming him running around a kitchen table for a while I let the poor little gal go.

    I didn’t see a stinger, though. I’ll have to go back and look at my video.

    After looking at the video a little closer, I think there may have been one.

  44. We live on Long Island. We have a lot of wildlife out here. The bugs are getting stranger by the day. Last year the cicadas, now this red velvet bug. The kids think it’s cool looking! As long as they stay outside, I wont kill them! I mean the kids not the bugs!! LOL

  45. We live on Long Island, N.Y. They didn’t have bugs like this when I was a kid! Last year the cicadas were insane , now this red velvet bug!My kids think it’s pretty cool! As long as they stay outside I wont kill them. I mean the kids not the bugs!! LOL

  46. Yes its a wasp. I found one walking along in my front yard and went straight to the computer. Even if it turned out to be an ant I am sure something that big would bite. Female wasp no wings-I believe there may be an underground nest in my front yard. EEEEEEKKKK!!!!

  47. I Live In Woodstock, GA. I Saw One of These on my Patio Yesterday. It Really Freaked me Out, I Stepped on it Twice Trying to Kill The Little Sucker, but Like Ofee, I Had To Stomp and Drag to Finally Kill It. Scary Little Sucker!!!

  48. We saw one of these girls in southern Illinois. At hog rock campgrounds during the gathering of juggalos. I told my bro to scope it out and see if it had a stinger. I thought he would wrangle it with a stick or something, to see if a stinger would come out. He stomped it like four or five times and the back half was still alive with a stinger worse than any bee or hornet I’ve come across (1/4 inch easy). But it actually looked pretty chill and I had wished I checked it out and simply moved it away from us instead of him offing it.

  49. I saw this little bugger this morning here in Southern Illinois. Saw one a few days ago in the back yard – I would be interested in knowing who his enemies are. I also wonder if they were attracted here because of all the tree damage this past spring in this area and large holes left from uprooted trees. We left the little guy go his merry way. Our tree frog left our yard about 3 weeks ago. He had his home in a hallowed out mimosa tree – I hope he wasn’t chased away by this wasp.

  50. I saw this bug this morning – we let him go his merry way. Saw one a few days ago and wonder if they were attracted here because of all the tree damage in Southern Illinois this spring where holes were left behind. Our tree frog left our yard about 3 weeks ago – he had his home in a hallowed out mimosa tree – I hope he wasn’t chased away by this wasp.

  51. Wasp. Soliary species. Doesn’t live with others. Supposedly very painful sting. First time I saw one, I poked it with a stick, kind of held it in place. It made the strangest high-pitched squeal, like it was screaming/hissing at me. I squashed it for being a member of the wasp family. Stupid wasps.

  52. My son and I saw one in the drive way yesterday. We watched it for a few minutes. She was moving very fast and just wanted to hide from us. She crawled off into our rock wall. We live in Omaha, NE. It seems like they are founds all over the U.S. but I have never seen anything like this before. Creepy, but very interesting. Thanks for all the info.

  53. Saw one (fuzzy, rust and black) on my back patio last night here in Shawnee, KS. Stepped on it 3 or 4 times (I have an ancient, deaf and nearly blind dog that does his business near there) and left it squirming. I went out the next afternoon and it was still squirming around. I probably won’t step on the next one I see as we have a yellow jacket problem, too.

  54. I just saw one in San Diego, i thought it was a type of spider or jerusalem cricket. Nice to know! i tried to catch it, but i failed:(

  55. So creepy! I have one of those in my bug colection. I allways thought it was some tipe of ant. Nice to know its a wasp! I caught it in my backyard in Albuquerque, New Mexico so they live here too.

  56. While enjoying my margarita on cinco de mayo… i spotted this little bugger trying to walk into my house.. i also kept stepping on it and wouldn’t die.. finally I stomped harder and it died.
    It was my first time seeing such a thing thats why I came to the internet to check it out.

    Looked interesting !

    Sighting – La canada, Ca

  57. We live up in the canyon of Sierra Madre, California and just spotted one in our driveway today. I knew if we just googled red fuzzy ant, the answer would pop up. Would never have guessed wasp though. Cute little bugger, but didn’t care to make it a pet. We have enough ants around the house!!!

  58. its a cow ant they do bite and it hurtsl ike shit it feels like a bee sting but your hand gets tigly afer wardes I had the miss fortun of finding htis out the hard way but it only last for a few min then its gone

  59. I saw one of these today in Laguna Canyon (Orange County, CA) by Laguna Beach, along the 133, in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, while hiking. I found this page by going to Google images and typing in “bee red no wings.”

  60. I found a small one regular ant size distant cousin perhaps??? I’ve seen about 16 of them about the size of 3/4 of an inch at my house and I am very interested. My brother got bit or stung, not sure, by one of those fasinating wasps. I am looking for more information if anyone has it.

  61. Wow…i used to enjoy walking through my yard with no shoes on. I just came across one of theses things in my path and it freaked me out. I am glad the kids werent here to see it. I have a hard enough time getting them to go outside as it is with all the other buzzing , creeping and bitting critters. This one would have turned them both into reclusive hermitts for sure.

  62. This is Called a Cow Ant, or Velvet Ant, but strangely enough, it is a wasp.
    Mutillidae is the scientific name of this wasp, the females are furry and red and have no wings, oddly enough only the females have stingers. This is the only known wasp where the females do not have stingers. They have been known to raid beehives and other wasp nests. The male and Female look so different (like Peacocks or male and female Mallard ducks), its hard to associate the two unless you catch them mate.

  63. Saw one on my front porch a few years ago. Used raid wasp killer, raid ant killer had no effect. My son found a second one yesterday, again on my front porch. We are in Wentzville, MO, an hour west of St. Louis. Moves too quickly to risk stomping on it. It was well over an inch long. Too scary to catch in a jar.

  64. Today, Saturday 24th,2010. I saw almost the same Red Velvet ant and it did moved like a wasp, but never flew (no wings). It didn’t walk like an ant, sort hopping/running quick. I tried capturing it, but too quick for me. It burried it self under the dirt and I end up losing it. But freaky weird man…

  65. These velvet ants are actually wingless wasps, and their sting is one of the top ten most painful stings on earth!!! I just saw a TV show on Discovery or NG. Can’t remember which. I believe it was number 3 on the list, under an ant from S. America, and ABOVE the fire ant which also dwells in the LA area.

    Don’t get stung by one of these bad boys. They’ll make you wish you were dead!

  66. BTW, if you are stung, you will know. Most of you that said you got stung and it went away after a few minutes were just bit by it. These things will make you feel like you NEED to go to the hospital. There are two scales to use when identifying sting pain….
    Starr sting pain scale
    (courtesy Wikipedia):

    (1-4, 4 being the worst, literally making you think about suicide, as per several accounts I have seen and read)
    1.0 Southern fire ant
    2.0 Honey bee, Africanized bee, Bumble bee, Yellowjacket
    3.0 Velvet ant, Paper wasp
    4.0 Pepsis wasp, Bullet ant

    Schmidt Scale of Sting Intensity (1-10, 10 will make you want to die):
    1.0 Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
    1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.
    1.8 Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
    2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
    2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
    2.x Honey bee and European hornet: Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.
    3.0 Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
    3.0 Paper wasp: Caustic and burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
    4.0 Pepsis wasp: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
    4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.[3]

  67. The Justin O. Schmidt Sting Pain Index
    (biologists’ for rating the intensity of Hymenopteran stings.)

    Rank 0: No pain.
    Stinger unable to penetrate skin. Examples: Horntail, many ants.

    Rank 1: Pain so slight as to cause no real deterrent.
    Examples: Sweat bee, Sphecids such as the Great Golden Digger Wasp
    (Sphex ichneumoneus), many ants.

    Rank 2: Painful.
    Examples: Honey bees, yellowjackets, bumble bees, carpenter bees,
    hornets, most paper wasps. These are the most commonly encountered
    stingers, but their greatest danger is the potential for allergic
    reaction.

    Rank 3: Sharply and seriously painful.
    More painful than a honeybee sting. Example: Velvet ant (Cow killer).

    Rank 4: Traumatically painful, often medically serious.
    Examples: Tarantula hawk (Pepsis)–common in the American southwest.
    Bullet ant (Paraponera clavata): found in the American tropics. So
    painful you may fall to the ground, writhe and scream.

  68. I lice in K C MO and for about three weeks one about like this with wings was in my barn when I was. His wings would move up and down while her was sitting still (like those that are smaller and bluish in color. It was not afraid of me and we just looked at each other. He does not show up anymore.

  69. my granddaughter first spotted a red ant that was bigger than most of the ants in our area it was deep red and fuzzy with a white stripe on it’s abdomen. we watched it as it walked to a hole in the mulch and disappeared don’t know what kind of ant or wasp it was.we live in tuscaloosa, alabama

  70. I’m from southern New Jersey. I remember when I was very young I was playing in my aunt’s backyard and one of these black and red furry ant/wasps stung my hand. It hurt sooooooooo bad, much more than any bee sting I’ve ever had in my life. I figured it was a fire ant for the past 13 years until I looked it up on google about 5 minutes ago. Make sure you avoid touching one of these things at all costs.

  71. I stepped on one of these creatures and it stung as bad or worse than a hornet. Steer clear of them. They are also hard to kill. Took a hammer to it hitting it and finally killed it on concrete. I am in Kentucky.

  72. I live in New gretna, new jersey and i found on and caught it. i didnt know what it was till i looked it up. I see most people saying they saw one live in the west or mid-west. i lived here for 30 years and never saw one of these wasp/ant. It was so crazy that it was huge and big and red like an ant. But i thought it look like a wasp too. I got a jar and got it to take a picture. Crazy!!!!!!!!!

  73. Ok sitting on my porch today and wow red fuzzy ant, size of mt thumb ran past me,but no wings on it. The color was such a vivid red,it reminded me of the spider on that movie”the vampires assistant” like it couldn’t be real. I followed it trying take pics so i find out what it is,as it ran through the grass,i hit it with side of my sneaker just to see if it crawel on top part of grass. So i could get a better pic. But then it disappeared,like it had to of burrowed into the ground in the blink of my eye. I am allergic. To bees so guess its good i didn’t touch it. My daughter saw one at park other day up the street from us. I only personally know 1 person who is older and said that they have only seen one like it in their whole lifetime. Are they rare?do they have tons of them living underground? Now i am worried about my kids and dog being in the yard. We live in north carolina.

  74. l’m in north carolina near mt island lake. my ant is red and black and fuzzy too. it has no wings, but it is about 1 1/2 inches long. its huge. i named it “Something.” I figure it must have some function so i just leave it alone and just say hi to it. I believe that any bug that crunches when stepped on has a soul, so I won’t kill it! who knows…. i’ve been in this area for 3 years and have seen it every year. If it is a wasp he or she just crawls away from me. it’s very stunning/very beautiful.

  75. Saw one this morning in Jessup, Maryland (near Baltimore). Very pretty and fast. I watched it for a minute and then let it be. I had no idea it could sting, but luckily it was a little dangerous looking. First time seeing one.

  76. i found one here in La Cygne Ks. today like a bright beep red fuzzy and black strips big if siting on a US qurter it would take up a big part of it was a hulk my dad put his foot down 5 times and it got up like like it got hit with a heavy wind and went on its way and it was a fast one i got it in a jar and came in and looked it up thinking that i should report it someplace…..big ant out brake…wasnt sure soo ill post it.

  77. I’ve seen several of these lately. With and without wings. They hang out around my patio area and keep getting in my pool. There must be a nest close by. Any idea how to get rid of them? I live in south east Tennessee and have never seen them until now. I don’t like them and would like to see a lot less of them. I got stung by something in my pool and it hurt really bad and left a big red welt on my side. I think it may have been one of these.

  78. Found one of these on the playground in the park. Put it in a water glass I had and it was very angry about it! Kept buzzing and chirping. Glad we didn’t pick it up. We are in central Utah.

  79. i live in pearcy arkansas and found what id say was a mid-sized one, same description. however, i pinned it down with the side of my knife and sure enough, it did indeed have a stinger the size of a thick human hair trying to sting the knife repetatively. it was making this odd insect-like chuckling noise. i cant very well give the description in text. thats the most accurate way to put it. id hate to be stung by one, those bright colors are usually translated as “WARNING”.

  80. I found one of these ants walking on the dirt in the yard. Very significant because it was about one inch long and a very fuzzy iridescent red. I took it to the neighbors who disposed of it.

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