Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12


Previous events


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Dasymutilla magnifica - Magnificent Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant/Cow Killer ? - Dasymutilla magnifica - female Velvet Ant/Cow Killer ? - Dasymutilla magnifica - female dasymutilla magnifica - Dasymutilla magnifica - male dasymutilla magnifica - Dasymutilla magnifica - female dasymutilla magnifica - Dasymutilla magnifica - female Velvet Ant ? - Dasymutilla magnifica - female Velvet Ant - Dasymutilla magnifica - female huge mutillid - Dasymutilla magnifica
Classification
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
Species magnifica (Magnificent Velvet Ant)
Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla magnifica Mickel 1928
Identification
This is one of several Dasymutilla species within a Müllerian mimicry ring where the head and thorax black and the abdomen predominantly red. This species is known from the desert southwest and is not known from Texas (the larger members of the ring here are D. klugii and D. gorgon). There are additional smaller species with this color pattern as well.

"This species can be recognized from similar large velvet ants by the red bands of setae on the underside of the abdomen. In most other velvet ants of this color, the underside of the abdomen is mostly black." - Kevin Williams (1)
Range
desert southwest (not extending into Texas)
Works Cited
1.Velvet Ant