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Mutilidae - Dasymutilla bioculata - female

Mutilidae - Dasymutilla bioculata - Female
Marietta Sand Prairie, Marshall County, Iowa, USA
July 29, 2011
John Pearson captured this in small bare sandy spot in old field next to sand prairie. Thanks John. BugGuide gathering_2011

Dasymutilla bioculata
The mesosoma is longer than broad and there is a scutellar scale with a carina anterior to it, which makes this D. bioculata. This one does look pretty bulky though. D. asopus has the mesosoma as broad as long and without a scutellar scale and carina.

Moved from Velvet Ants.

Dasymutilla species. Due to t
Dasymutilla species. Due to the squatness and bulkiness it may be an asopus specimen. Not sure though.