It was kind of hard to miss this flashy insect, even on the equally flashy marigolds.
Until I came across this one in our garden, I was unfamiliar with male cow ants, or cow killers. I did not know that the males have wings, while the females run around on the ground. I guess I had only noticed females before. It is easier for the males to hide up under foliage. What I did know is that cow ants are actually wasps.