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The Insect Nothing Messes With: Meet the Velvet Ant

Big or small, most creatures end up on something else’s dinner menu. But the velvet ant combines a ton of defenses into one very unappetizing package. 

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Velvet_Ant,_face,_Badlands,_Pennington_Co,_SD_2013-12-31-14.25_(23510610086).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Velvet_Ant_(Mutillidae)_(37264615950).jpg
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