Red Velvet Ant
( Dasymutilla vestita )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Dasymutilla vestita
(Lepeletier ,1845 )
Common Name:Red Velvet Ant
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Mutillidae
Genus:Dasymutilla
Taxon Code:HYM01201

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Mendocino County, Mendocino County, 5401 Canyon Rd., Willits
County:Mendocino County
ECI Site#:CA23942300

RECOGNITION

BIOLOGY
Velvet ants are a kind of wasp with a really nasty sting. They are also known as cowkillers or mulekillers. Adult females are wingless. They forage for nests of ground-nesting bees or the subterranean brood of other insects where its larvae are parasitic on the insect brood.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

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