Flightless Bee and large Velvet Ant?
Location:  Sonoran Desert, Arizona
August 5, 2010 4:06 pm
I was camping in the Arizona Wilderness, just off of US93 on Wilderness Access Road 7469, when something bright red caught my eye on the ground. I stopped the Jeep and jumped out with my camera. I had no idea what it was, and trying to take a photo was comical, as it was scurrying about, non-stop! It looks like a bee with no wings, but it was the bright red bottom that amazed me. It is about 1 1/4” in length and has six legs. I have never seen anything like it. What is it?
BJ Roberts

Velvet Ant

Hi BJ,
Based on photos posted to BugGuide, your Velvet Ant may be Dasymutilla nogalensis.

One Response to Velvet Ant

  1. Dale Nelson says:

    Located this insect while hiking in Menifee Ca.

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