Giant furry ant or bee without wings?
July 11, 2009
I found this inside out house. He was about 5/8 inches long.
David Brownell
Jocotepec, JAL, Mexico

Velvet Ant from Jalisco

Velvet Ant from Jalisco

Dear David,
Your insect is a flightless female wasp known as a Velvet Ant, but we do not know the species.  It is probably in the genus Dasymutilla.  We already posted another individual from Oregon today. Your photo is awesome.

2 Responses to Velvet Ant from Jalisco, Mexico

  1. cedillamuerta says:

    This appears to be either Dasymutilla cressonii or a close relative.

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