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Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii)
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Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii)
Female Golden Velvet Ant

General: Golden Velvet Ants (Dasymutilla sackenii) are hairy, ant-like wasps. Females are flightless and run quickly on the ground, while males have wings and fly. Females have long golden hairs. Males look like large ants. Other velvet ants are red and black.

Velvet ants are not aggressive and will try to escape if chased, but if caught, females can pack one heck of a sting. Females can produce a squeaking sound when disturbed.

Taxonomy: Class Insecta, Order Hymenoptera, Suborder Apocrita, Super Family Vespoidea, Family Mutillidae

Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii)

Adults feed on nectar. The immature stages are parasites, mostly of ground-nesting bees and wasps. Velvet ants prefer sandy soils where their prey are likely to be found.

There are some 400 species of velvet ants in the southwestern deserts. Most are nocturnal, but keep an eye out for these interesting wasps around Las Vegas.

Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii) Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii)
Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii) Golden Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sackenii)
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