Cow Killer Caught In the ActPosted: August 9, 2020
I had two previous posts on the killers. The first was on Cicada Killer Wasps that dig tunnels, fill them with Cicadas and lay their eggs on them. There are not many Cicada Killer Wasps (sphecius speciosus) in the yard now, although I saw one working on this hole this morning. The Cow Killer Wasp (Dasymutilla occidentalis) found it.
I caught the female Cow Killer, that is often called a Red Velvet Ant, backing out of the hole where she lays her eggs in the Cicada Killer’s tunnel which hatch first and eat the stored Cicada.
The deed was done and she scurried away.