My children found a bright orange & black bug that I never saw before. It...

Asked August 15, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

My children found a bright orange & black bug that I never saw before. It looks like it can sting or bite. Can someone identify the attached photo? Thanks!

Harford County Maryland insect identification velvet ant

1 Response

The insect in the photo looks like a velvet ant. The insect is actually a wasp and not considered a pest. Do not pick them up as they can sting. No control is necessary. See the link from Virginia Tech https://www.google.com/url?q=http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-22/ENTO-22_PDF.pdf&sa=U&ei=Lv3...
mh