Subject: Kern River fuzzy bug
Location: Kernville, CA (campsite near kern river)
May 31, 2014 6:30 pm
We saw this little guy in the sand at our campsite at the Kern River today (June 1st, 2014).
We only counted 6 legs at the time.
This is a Velvet Ant in the genus Dasymutilla, and we believe it might be Dasymutilla sackenii based on the images posted to BugGuide. Velvet Ants should be handled with extreme caution since they are actually flightless female wasps reputed to have a very painful sting.