Subject: Unkown bug in Central Oregon
Location: Prineville, OR
May 25, 2014 8:06 pm
I found this bug crawling on the ground while hiking in Central Oregon and don’t know what it is. If you can find out and let me know I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Signature: Merrie Gregor
Despite the blurriness of your image, we have no doubt that this is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp in the family Mutillidae. We don’t know if Dasymutilla satanas, which is reported on BugGuide from California and Nevada, ranges as far north as Oregon, but it looks like a pretty good match, as does Dasymutilla aureola, also pictured on BugGuide.