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mickeylong

Date

April 27, 2016

Description

One, very large female velvet ant, just under an inch long, crawling through sandy soil in coastal sage scrub. It stopped next to cottontail rabbit pellets which it somewhat resembled. Looks alot like Dasymutila sackeni.

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Observer

sambiology

Date

April 25, 2016

Description

I remember @rsp mentioning his extensive velvet ant collection -- I remember thinking, "Yeah, this guy I could get along with." :)

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What

Red Velvet Ant Dasymutilla occidentalis

Observer

gillis

Date

April 28, 2016

Place

Ed Levin (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Pacific Velvet Ant Dasymutilla aureola ssp. pacifica

Observer

rhislop

Date

April 20, 2016

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truthseqr

Date

August 16, 2015 08:12 AM PDT

Description

Fuzzy orange and black bee on damaged tree.

Can anyone tell me if the bee caused the damage to the tree? The second picture is a larger picture of the tree the bee was on. I'm wondering if it was caused by deer antlers or the bees?

(I'm guessing at the ID)

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What

Red Velvet Ant Dasymutilla aureola

Date

April 19, 2016 08:38 AM PDT

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sdrvc

Date

April 19, 2016 08:58 AM PDT

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ellen5

Date

April 16, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

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No photos or sounds

What

Red Velvet Ant Dasymutilla occidentalis

Observer

lynnparsons

Date

April 16, 2016 12:10 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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What

Red Velvet Ant Dasymutilla aureola

Date

April 7, 2016 10:34 AM PDT

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e-albright

Date

April 5, 2016 01:31 PM PDT

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rappman

Date

April 4, 2016 10:01 AM PDT
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Description from Wikipedia

The genus Dasymutilla belongs to the Mutillidae family. The females of the genus are well known for their painful sting, which is where many gain their common name, Cow Killer. The female is wingless and often resemble large ants while the males still retain their wings. The larva of the Dasymutilla are external parasites to various types of hymenoptera. When disturbed the Dasymutilla makes a high-pitched squeaking sound identical to the Pogonomyrmex (Harvester ant).

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