Insect ABC's

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The female Velvet Ant, which is actually a wingless form of the wasp, appears to be an ant. This disguise is deceiving as these insects, despite looking like a potentially harmless ant, carry a powerful sting and are able to sting repeatedly. The outside of their body, also known as the exoskeleton, acts as a suit of armor and makes it very difficult for predators to attack.

Photo Courtesy of: Joshua S. Rose