Elizabeth and I had a GREAT time at Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge -- there must have been some bad flooding a while back, so it looks like visitation has been low... Anyways, we're going back sometime!
moving fast and hard to photograph. Head and thorax black, orange only on abdomen.
Was darting around in my driveway
En Paco´s Reserva Natural de Flora y Fauna Silvestre
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).