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Genus Pseudomethoca

pseudomethoca simillima - Pseudomethoca simillima - male Velvet Ant sp - Pseudomethoca anthracina Mutillid - Pseudomethoca - female Pseudomethoca - female Velvet Ant - Pseudomethoca bequaerti Velvet Ant - Pseudomethoca frigida Mutilid - Pseudomethoca frigida? - Pseudomethoca simillima - female Mutillid - Pseudomethoca frigida - female
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).
Nearctica (1) lists 43 species.
6-10 mm (females, various guide photos)
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