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Family Myrmosidae - Myrmosid Wasps

wasp - Myrmosa wasp - Myrmosa unicolor - female Black, hairy, and punctate - Myrmosa Myrmosa Wasps? - Myrmosa - female Myrmosa - female Black, hairy wasp - Myrmosa Wasp - Myrmosa sawfly? - Myrmosa - male
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 Myrmosidae (Myrmosid Wasps)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Used to be variously treated as a subfamily of the Mutillidae or Tiphiidae; now recognized as a distinct family (closely related to the Mutillidae) based on molecular data(1)
Numbers
15 spp. in 3 genera in our area:(2)(3)
1. Leiomyrmosa (1 sp.: L. spilota)
2. Myrmosa (6 spp.)
3. Myrmosula (8 spp.)
Identification
Females are always wingless, much smaller than males, and have thorax divided in two distinct parts; males without a spine at the end of the abdomen.
Food
Larvae are parasites of various bees and wasps
Works Cited
1.Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily...
Pilgrim E.M., von Dohlen C.D., Pitts J.P. 2008. Zoologica Scripta 37: 539–560.
2.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.
3.Nomina Insecta Nearctica
Poole, Robert W. Nearctica.com, Inc.