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  • Writer's pictureSylvia Meller

The ant that is not an ant...

It kind of looks like a beetle, but it's not.

It's called a Velvet ant, Mutilla europaea, but it is not an ant.

It actually is a species of parasitoid wasps which can be mainly found on sandy heathlands in the South and East of the UK.

Their sting contains a painful venom but it is far from potent as the one of their American cousins known as Cow killers. They are, however, not aggressive and only sting people if handled.

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