It’s Summer in Oklahoma so Beware of the Velvet Ant AKA Cow Killer or You’ll be Sorry
Watch your step, especially if you're barefoot. The dreaded Velvet Ant AKA Cow Killer has returned to Oklahoma for Summer. It's best to leave them alone otherwise, you'll be in for an excruciating experience.
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The Eastern Velvet Ant or Cow Killer is said to be one of the most painful bites or stings in the insect world. It's ranked as a 3 out of 4 on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. Which is how the Cow Killer got its nickname.
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I guess someone who was stung claimed that the sting would kill a cow and it stuck. To date, there's no official record of a velvet ant killing a cow with its sting. However, those who have been stung may disagree.
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It's the female velvet ant you should be aware of. She's a wingless wasp that resembles a large ant, who has a huge stringer and isn't afraid to use it. Most of the velvet ants in Oklahoma are red and black in color.
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They can be found around the yard, garden, flowerbeds, and open fields. It's unusual to find one indoors, thank God. But you'll want to keep an eye out while outdoors. They aren't aggressive but will sting if agitated.
WHILE NOT AGGRESSIVE THE COW KILLER SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE TO AVOID A STING
I've already seen several of them in the backyard and summer has just started. There was one on the patio that had to be around 1.5 inches which is huge for a Velvet Ant. Luckily they're solitary and don't swarm.