Location: Nike Missle Site in California
June 7, 2011 9:45 pm
this thing was sighted at the Nike Missle Site yesterday (6/6/11) in California is it a giant fuzzy ant or something?
Signature: erin nicole
This is a flightless female wasp in the genus Dasymutilla, commonly called a Velvet Ant. There are several species in California with very similar markings and coloration. Alas, we are boarding a plane in a few hours and we cannot at this time provide you with a species identification for your Velvet Ant. Velvet Ants should not be handled as they are capable of delivering a very, very painful sting.