I found your site while trying to identify this ant; hoping you can help. We have lots of black ants and tiny brown sugar ants. This one is about 8 – 9 mm long; never saw anything like it around here. It was on a desk in the office.
We were pretty sure this was one of the flightless wasps but we checked with Eric Eaton for confirmation. Here is his response: “Ding-ding-ding! Right AGAIN! It is another species of velvet ant, possibly Dasymutilla bioculata (spelling on the species?).” Velvet Ants are actually wingless female wasps and they can sting painfully.
Update: (04/02/2008) ID for insects
Hey, my name is Will, this is a list of the ID’s for the velvet ant page. image 36. Dasymutilla alesia. hope this helps a bit.