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Genus Dasymutilla

Side by Side Pair - Dasymutilla occidentalis - male - female  Which Velvet Ant ; D. foxi ? - Dasymutilla foxi - female Which velvet ant? - Dasymutilla - female Mutilidae - Dasymutilla bioculata - female Hairy Velvet Ant Punctated Surfaces - Dasymutilla arenivaga - male Red velvet ant - Dasymutilla occidentalis - female Velvet Dasymutilla vestita - female
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)
Genus Dasymutilla
Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla Ashmead 1899
'hairy Mutilla' (Mutilla Linnaeus is the nominate genus of the family, from a Latin word meaning 'mutilate')
>140 spp. in our area(1)
13-25 mm
Females can inflict a painful sting