These are close up images of a male Velvet Ant, that resembles several species of Velvet Ants in the genus Dasymutilla. The six major character groups for ID information that can be seen in these images, are listed below. Please note that I'm including extra shots of him in different lighting conditions and I'm also including extra crops of the abdomen, legs & head, to show all of the shapes and proportions of parts that may be an aid to any future users or administrators. These guys are very tough to ID properly.
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Here is a list for you:
1) - size or overall body length
2) - overall body shapes, colors, punctations & textures
3) - hair coverings and bald spots, hair color patterns & length (variable)
4) - abdominal shape, large notches on the sides of 2nd tergite, lack of a pit in the center of 2nd sternite & two rear-end spines or "pygidia" (pygidium)
5) - facial hairs, mandibles & other mouth-parts
6) - leg shapes, textures, spurs & hairs
NOTE: Geographic distribution may help to narrow the choices. In this case I have a few species to choose from and not very many example images to compare him with. The closest match seems to be Dasymutilla arenivaga or D. vestita.
NOTE: This is the scale calibration shot. (in millimeters) In the full screen version of this image, I can only see the tips of his his pygidia and the bases of them, which are almost hidden in the hairs and contamination. (small particles of dust?) Most of his head is too dark to find many details in this image, but his facial hairs show up nicely.
Here is a link to his video: ♂ Hairy Velvet Ant in the Desert