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Genus Dasymutilla

Dasymutilla - Dasymutilla aureola - male Which Dasymutilla? - Dasymutilla magna - female Red Velvet Ant - Dasymutilla aureola - female Braconid wasp? - Dasymutilla - male Hairy Ant Type Bug - Dasymutilla - female Male mutillid Omak Lake - Dasymutilla vesta - male Double Orange Spotted Velvet Ant - Lateral - Dasymutilla vesta - male Mutillidae? - Dasymutilla bioculata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Pompiloidea (Spider Wasps, Velvet Ants and allies)
Family Mutillidae (Velvet Ants)
Subfamily Sphaeropthalminae
Tribe Dasymutillini
Genus Dasymutilla
Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla Ashmead, 1899
from the Latin dasy-, after the Ancient Greek δασύς, ('hairy') + Mutilla (referring to velvet ant genera)
from the nominate genus Mutilla Linnaeus, 1758, derived from the Latin mutilā, ('mutilate')
98 spp. in our area(1)
13-25 mm
This genus is known for the infamous D. occidentalis and D. klugii, which are known for their very large size (nearly 1 inch) and painful sting. These two species rank a 3 out of 4 on the Schmidt sting pain index. However, members of this genus are highly variable in sting intensity. In contrast, the petite D. thestis only ranks a 1.(2)