Curious insect provokes KPLC Facebook viewer's interest - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Curious insect provokes KPLC Facebook viewer's interest

Photo courtesy of Google Photo courtesy of Google

On Thursday August 18th a KPLC viewer emailed in a photo of an interesting insect that she saw in the yard. Many of us in the KPLC news-room were curiously interested so the picture was posted onto the KPLC Facebook page with text asking our viewers what they knew about this curious bug.

The response was overwhelming. In only a few hours we were up to over 100 comments.

Immediately it became clear from the stream of similar comments that these bugs are known as "cow ants". They earned this nick-name because their sting is so ferocious that it is said to be able to bring down a cow.

Ironically these insects aren't ants at all. They are a type of flightless wasp known as Mutillidae.

Typically these ants are nocturnal but they do come out occasionally during the day. A viewer, Clay Roussell, said on the KPLC Facebook page that "they seek out the burrow of a bee or other species of wasp… If the Mutillidae finds one she will lay an egg. The young hatchling will then eat the larvae of the host."

These menacing wasps are said to be aggressive. They even chirp loudly when provoked. KPLC Facebook friend Kris King LeJeune says "if you… use something to push down on them they'll make a squeakin noise sometimes."

The males look different and do not sting.

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Catching up with former KPLC senior reporter Flora Roberts

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:21:37 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...More >>
    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...More >>
  • Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:55:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
  • Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:41:00 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

    More >>

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly