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Eastern Velvet Ant, 'Cow Killer'  - Dasymutilla occidentalis - female

Eastern Velvet Ant, 'Cow Killer' - Dasymutilla occidentalis - Female
Jack Clement Rd, Stem, Granville County, North Carolina, USA
August 22, 2021
Size: approx. 1 1/2 inches
Found late afternoon, on wood chip mound, in old field. The other image was frassed.

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Eastern Velvet Ant, 'Cow Killer'  - Dasymutilla occidentalis - female Eastern Velvet Ant,

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Please re-crop & replace.

Double Quotes in the Titles
The double quotes are blocking the title text from the thumbnail previews. If you put your computer's mouse pointer over the image above, then you will see this. I suggest that you use single quotes, if you need to.
The double quotes will block everything to the right of them from all views, including the genus, species and gender, in all parts of the guide, including the browser and info pages. Single quotes will not do this.
Please select "edit" and replace them. Let me know if you don't understand this, OK.

 
There. I think it is fixed.
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Is my ID correct?
Is my ID correct?

 
Yes
If it was already identified, then you don't need to put it back through ID Request. OK, I linked it with your other images.
This image and the first one should be re-cropped and replaced. You can edit and replace your images at any time. There is no need to include so much background in your images.
The image of the pinned specimen can be deleted. We don't need it for the guide and you don't need for the ID.

Note, it's not usually a good idea to put the scientific name into the titles, since it is placed there automatically, once the images are put into the guide. (redundant)

 
When I crop the image it gets
When I crop the image it gets fuzzy,and then it gets frassed. How do I avoid this?

 
Yes
Sometimes when you heavy-crop a distant shot, there is no other logical outcome. This is just part of learning how to best film your subjects.
We expect that people will get better at this over time. My first shots were frassed, because they were too blurry. Click on my name and you will see what came afterwards.
Here's some tips:
Try to crop out the background about half-way to the bug on each side. This will greatly increase the apparent size of the subject within the frame and it should be enough to keep her in relative focus.
Try to keep the shape as close as possible to a square.
Try to keep away from cropping any parts of the legs or the antennae.
Try filming your subjects much closer in the future. (≈2 inches) ...unless you are using a telemacro mode setup.
Even a frassed image can be saved for other uses and published elsewhere.
Frassed images are often identified first and that is the case with this girl anyway.
If you browse through the images in the guide, you can see how your shots compare with them and how other people crop their shots.

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