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Species Dasymutilla klugii - Klug's Velvet Ant

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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)
Subfamily Sphaeropthalminae
Tribe Dasymutillini
Genus Dasymutilla
Species klugii (Klug's Velvet Ant)
Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla klugii (Gray 1832)
klugii = named after Johann Christoph Friedrich Klug, a German hymenopterist and coleopterist
Easily recognized in Texas among similarly colored species by its large size (never under half inch) and head narrower than the thorax. It is separated from the desert southwest D. magnifica, which doesn't occur in Texas, by the black integument of the abdomen (versus red).
See Also
D. klugii is one species within a southern Müllerian mimicry ring. It overlaps with several species in Texas. D. gorgon is separated by its broader head. Several smaller species also occur in Texas, including D. bioculata ("melanippe" form), D. klugioides D. meracula, D. texanella D. waco, D. wileyae, D. zelaya, and Pseudomethoca brazoria.(1)

In the desert southwest, similar species include D. nogalensis and D. magnifica, which don't range into Texas.