Velvet Ant - Male
Genus Dasymutilla

male velvet ant

male velvet ant
Winged male Velvet Ants are very prevalent on Antelope Island, especially in late summer and early fall.  This one was
feeding on a cool day in October.  Males are winged, females are not and can sting.  Larve feed off other insects. 
As you can see by their shape and coloring, they are often mistaken for wasps. © Carol Davis, 10-23-2009

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