Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla gloriosa (Saussure 1868)
Body black, but covered, in wingless female, by long white hair. Female resembles tuft of down or creosote seed (Larrea tridentata), prevalent in its habitat.
sw. US (TX-NV-CA) south into Mexico; common in TX(1)
Female lays eggs in burrows of sand-wasps, such as Bembix
. The larvae feed on larvae of the wasp and the food provided by the adult wasps. Pupation occurs in larval chambers of host(2)(1)