Subject: Spider? Ant?
Location: San Jose del Cabo, BCS Mexico
December 14, 2014 6:26 pm
We are in Los Cabos Mexico. Have seen two of these on our patio today. What are they?
Signature: Cheryl C.
Dear Cheryl C.,
This is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp in the genus Dasymutilla. You should try not to handle Velvet Ants, or handle with extreme caution as the sting is reported to be extremely painful. Only female Velvet Ants are flightless, and only female Velvet Ants sting.