Subject: what’s this bug?
Location: southern california
April 20, 2014 6:25 pm
i’ve seen this bug 3 or 4 times while hiking dirt trails in the san gabriel mountains in southern california, in this month of april it’s a fast mover, approximately one-half inch long, and doesn’t seem to be hostile…seemed more intent on running away from anything put in it’s path. the actual red is very deep but i lightened the picture to help bring out detail…..
Signature: john roush
We posted another image of a Red Haired Velvet Ant, Dasymutilla aureola, earlier today, but the critter was rather small in the digital file, and though we requested a higher resolution image, it was not available. This makes your submission even more desirable today. Velvet Ants are actually flightless female wasps. Do not try to handle a Velvet Ant as you will most likely be surprised by a very painful sting. We have heard that Velvet Ants are capable of stinging through garden gloves.
Thank you for the information on the Red Haired Velvet Ant!! Feel free to use the photo i submitted….. john roush