Photos of birds, fish, flowers and miscellaneous things that catch my eye and instill a sense of wonder.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
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.