Subject: Velvet Ant
Geographic location of the bug: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, CA
Time: 01:20 PM EDT
Found this furry guy (actually a gal as she is wingless) crawling along the ground while I was out taking bird photos this past weekend. Thankfully, I was alerted to her presence before she had a chance to crawl up my leg! After a circle around my chair leg, she moved on. Thanks for helping me identify her and many other species!
How you want your letter signed: Suzanne
The only Velvet Ant in the genus Dasymutilla with a velvety black body and a red abdomen reported from California on BugGuide is Dasymutilla magnifica. Your images are gorgeous.