All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

Male <strong>Cow Killer; Velvet Ant</strong> 
<em>Dasymutilla occidentalis</em> / Hymenoptera
August 12, 2007
This male Velvet Ant, which is really a wasp, landed on our car at a park. I scrambled to get my camera out of the pack. These insects are ...
Male Cow Killer; Velvet Ant
Dasymutilla occidentalis / Hymenoptera
August 12, 2007
This male Velvet Ant, which is really a wasp, landed on our car at a park. I scrambled to get my camera out of the pack. These insects are constantly on the move, so it was difficult to photograph it. It sure didn't make things any easier when it crawled under the hood and into a few dried leaves that had collected there! We raised the hood and I scooped it onto a piece of paper to put it on the ground. Some people walked by as I was chasing this guy around with my camera and gave me a pretty funny look. I wonder what people think of me sometimes! ;)
As intimidating as this insect looks, being a male, it would not have stung me. Like I tell my students, "The 'he bees' can't sting, only the 'she bees' can!" He was probably frantically racing around to find a mate. (see previous photo of the female)

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