Male Velvet Ant

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!!

Photo of author


BugMan aka Daniel Marlos has been identifying bugs since 1999. is his passion project and it has helped millions of readers identify the bug that has been bugging them for over two decades. You can reach out to him through our Contact Page.

Leave a Comment