Velvet Ant  (two photos)

"Dasymutilla californica"

hair velvet ant
Velvet Ant, actually a wasp, found mostly on sunflowers at Antelope Island on this day. Adults feed on nectar, and
therefore pollinate, and larvae feed on ground bees. These insects can sting if mishandled. © Carol Davis, 8-8-2008

Dasymutilla vesta

velvet ant
This less hairy Velvet Ant was found in the same area as the velvet ant above.  They really seems to like sunflowers. I hadn't seen one
of these since I was young so it was a treat to find both of these.  © Carol Davis, 8-8-2008

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