Subject: wasp?
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
July 6, 2017 2:06 pm
I saw a few of these wasps that look like fuzzy pepsis wasps to me. Spotted in Scottsdale, AZ, daytime, temperature in the 90s.
Signature: stacey v.

Male Velvet Ant

Dear Stacey,
This is a winged, male Velvet Ant in the genus
Dasymutilla.  Female Velvet Ants are flightless wasps and they have very painful stings while males are harmless.  We found a matching image on BugGuide, but it is only identified to the genus level.

Male Velvet Ant

oh my gosh, how cool!! I have never seen the males. thank you so much!!
-stacey

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

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