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Genus Pseudomethoca

Velvet ant of some kind? - Pseudomethoca frigida Mutillidae - Pseudomethoca? - Pseudomethoca bequaerti - female Velvet Ant - Pseudomethoca propinqua - male Pseudomethoca - female what species´╝č - Pseudomethoca frigida - female Velvet Ant - Pseudomethoca - female Velvet Ant - Pseudomethoca simillima - female Velvet Ant - Pseudomethoca frigida
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Pompiloidea (Spider Wasps, Velvet Ants and allies)
Family Mutillidae (Velvet Ants)
Genus Pseudomethoca
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pseudomethoca Ashmead, 1896
Explanation of Names
Methocha (or sometimes spelled Methoca) is a genus of Tiphid wasps, so this genus name presumably means false Methoca (Internet searches).
Numbers
Nearctica (1) lists 43 species.
Size
6-10 mm (females, various guide photos)
Identification
Characters of this genus (Univ. Florida):
eyes circular to slightly ovate (egg-shaped)
head less than twice the width of mesosoma (middle body segment); head not toothed
mesosoma narrowed in middle
pygidium usually with lateral carinae (strong ridges)
see references for more details
Internet References
Univ. Florida--Velvet Ants