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Species Dasymutilla sackenii - Sacken'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 sackenii (Sacken's Velvet Ant)
Other Common Names
Sometimes erroneously referred to as "Sackeni's velvet ant" due to misunderstanding of the intention of the Latin epithet.
Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla sackenii (Cresson 1865)
sackenii = named after Carl Robert Osten-Sacken (Baron Osten Sacken), a Russian entomologist and consul general in the US during the Civil War
Internet References
Species page at Discover Life web site.