Subject: What is this?
Location: Simi Valley, CA USA
May 30, 2013 6:40 pm
My daughter just brought this into our house. What is it? It looks like a cross between a bee and a furry spider. She found it in the sand. Thank you!
Tell your daughter to be cautious. This is a Velvet Ant in the genus Dasymutilla. Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps that are reported to have a very painful sting. They are not aggressive, but they do defend themselves. We are not certain of the species, but this might be Dasymutilla sackenii since it is close to this photo on BugGuide. We are postdating your submission to go live in early June while we are out of the office.