Dasymutilla occidentalis

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Subclass Pterygota
Infraclass Neoptera
Order Hymenoptera
Suborder Apocrita
Infraorder Aculeata
Superfamily Vespoidea
Family Mutillidae
Genus Dasymutilla
Species Dasymutilla occidentalis

Source: ITIS dot gov

Dasymutilla occidentalis, Cow Killer or Red Velvet "Ant" #220

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Cow Ant (Wasp) Photos

Any of the photos may be used for educational purposes (as in fair use / copyright).

These photos were made of a cow ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) in captivity, and this blog solely dedicated to this beautiful "ant".. wasp.

We captured this Red Velvet "ant" (female wasp) in a plastic container, and after some extensive attempts to get out, it gave up. It bent its little antennae, and looked almost as if it had became sick and lost will to live. I removed the lid to photograph, and to my surprise the wasp revived quite nicely. Needless to say I did not waste time getting the lid back on the container.

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Appearances can be deceiving.

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Red Velvet Wasp in the Wild

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Red Velvet Wasp, Dasymutilla occidentalis
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Arthropoda – arthropods
Subphylum Hexapoda – hexapods
Class Insecta – insects, hexapoda
Subclass Pterygota – winged insects
Infraclass Neoptera – modern, wing-folding insects
Order Hymenoptera – abelha, formiga, vespa, ants, bees, wasps
Suborder Apocrita – narrow-waisted hymenopterans, ants, bees, true wasps
Infraorder Aculeata
Superfamily Vespoidea – vespoid wasps
Family Mutillidae – velvet ants
Genus Dasymutilla Ashmead, 1899
Species Dasymutilla occidentalis (Linnaeus)
Dasymutilla occidentalis, (Linnaeus), Taxonomic Serial No.: 154183

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Red Velvet Wasp (Belly)

Seems as if the spiracle was fine-focused in this picture.

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Red Velvet Ant Wasp


Looks like the spiracle reflecting on its back in the following photo.

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Red Velvet Wasp (Feet)


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Mule Killer (Red Velvet Wasp)


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