The Panda Ant isn’t an Ant

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Here at Sic Science we love ants.  How cool is this Panda Ant.  Doesn’t it look a little strange? Turns out it is not an ant at all but rather part of species of wingless wasps.  Yes, wingless wasps.  Which is interesting because ants are descendants of wasps.

Their sting is said to be strong enough to kill a cow, which is doubtful.  They apparently also make a squeal when stepped on.

Find out more on Wikipedia, because, you know, it works in practice just not in theory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutillidae