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Genus Methocha

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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 Thynnoidea
Family Thynnidae (Thynnid Wasps)
Subfamily Methochinae
Genus Methocha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Methocha Latreille, 1804
Methoca Latreille, 1804 (misspelling)
Tengyra Latreille, 1809
Spinolia Costa, 1858
4 spp. listed in our area:(1)(2)
1. Methocha californica Westwood, 1881: CA, NV, WA
2. Methocha formosa Krombein 1954: FL
3. Methocha impolita Krombein, 1958: DC, NY, WV
4. Methocha stygia Say, 1836: widespread (s. Canada, United States)
Females wingless, resemble ants. Males winged.
Life Cycle
Parasitoids of larval tiger beetles, Cicindelinae.
Print References
Evans, Howard E. 1965. A Description of the Larva of Methocha stygia (Say), With Notes on Other Tiphiidae (Hymenoptera). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 67(2): 88-95. - descriptions of the larva of Methocha stygia
Krombein, Karl V. 1958. Additions during 1956 and 1957 to the wasp fauna of Lost River State Park, West Virginia, with biological notes and descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 60(2):49-64. - description of Methocha impolita
Internet References - Methocha
BOLD Systems - images of Methocha stygia
Works Cited
1.Nomina Insecta Nearctica
Poole, Robert W., Inc.
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.