Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ant Wasp

Ant Wasp, dasymutilla occidentalis, Santa Ysabel Preserve. It looked like a giant, red, furry ant! However, I am told that this is not an ant at all but rather an ant wasp and that it has a most painful sting! In fact, one of their nicknames is "cow killer." Glad I didn't muss with it. They apparently lay their eggs in bublebee burrows where their larvae prey upon developing bumblebees.

1 comment:

MartininBroda said...

And I’m glad you aren’t a cow, btw. about Picasa, I consider to make my Blog-album public, or should I send a link to you.