Under A Big Big Sky

Petrified ForestPetrified Forest National Park.Petrified ForestAmid the lithified remains of an ancient forest, where the pebbles themselves were essentially petrified mulch, a moving white fluff on the ground was identified as a Thistledown Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla gloriosa), which is actually a wasp. The female is wingless and furry white, like the seedpod of a creosote bush or a cottonwood. She runs around looking for sand wasp nests to parasitize. Painted Desert

1 Response to “Under A Big Big Sky”


  1. 1 Caroline September 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for this beautiful series of posts.


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