This is the one that I've seen before out there -- black thorax and head, so I think it's the same species as before. Neat to see these two side by side though!
Caught by the KidZone kiddos on the nature walk. :)
This was a really fun catch by the KidZone kids -- we caught two velvet ants... We think there are two species. This one has the red head and thorax, and the next has the black head and thorax.
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I love velvet ants -- they're so cool! I let them walk on me, but I sure don't grab them... they apparently can give a nice painful sting.
ID based on:
it did not have wings, was approx. 1 inch long. was crawling on back deck of house.
Nice male posing for a few seconds.
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).