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wasp mimic??? - Dasymutilla occidentalis

wasp mimic??? - Dasymutilla occidentalis
Pinellas County, Florida, USA
July 13, 2008
Is this a moth mimicing a wasp???

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wasp mimic??? - Dasymutilla occidentalis wasp mimic??? - Dasymutilla occidentalis

Velvet ant
I believe this is some type of velvet ant (which is actaully a wasp)

hmmmm, interesting! I didn't
hmmmm, interesting! I didn't know they had a winged life segment.
There were tons of them all circling one area of a grassy area.
I'll go to the guide.

Well, looks you were right on
Well, looks you were right on!! I'll leave here for a bit and see if someone knows the species.
There were GREAT variances in size of these guys which I thought would be male/female but the guide says the females are wingless, so I guess they just vary a lot in size.
Thanks again!!

Great image
It is tough to get a clear shot like this of the male. Great job.

Agree w/ Roy
I've found male mutillids to be somewhat wary and difficult to approach. And when they do let me approach, the typically won't stop moving & fluttering!

But you got nice shots of a real beauty!

Male Dasymutilla occidentalis.
This is a great portrait of a male "cow killer," Dasymutilla occidentalis.

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