Velvet Ant pictures. Velvet ants are actually wasps.
The females shown in these pictures have furry, wingless bodies and you usually find them scurrying around on the ground. That's why they're commonly called ants. The males do have wings, however, and look more like wasps.
The females search for burrows and tunnels of ground-dwelling wasps and bees. When they find one, they enter the nest and deposit their eggs on or near any larvaue. When the eggs hatch into white, legless grubs, they feed off the host larvae and then pupate in the nest's larval chambers.
Velvet ants have a hard exoskeleton underneath that fuzz which protects them from stings of the wasps or bees that they invade. Velvet ants are poisonous and can sting.