Macro photograph of a wild Velvet Ant female. This photograph has 2:1 magnification ratio. The Velvet Ants are actually wasps and can inflict a rather painful sting. The females don't have wings and are seen crawling on the grounds, often mistaken for large furry ants, and the winged males (which do not sting) fertilize eggs lain by the females. They are also called The Cow killer.