fuzzy ant?
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

Velvet Ant is Dasymutilla aureola

Hi Erin,
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.

Location: California

2 Responses to Velvet Ant: Dasymutilla aureola

  1. cedillamuerta says:

    This one is Dasymutilla aureola.

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