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Wasp - Ephuta

Wasp - Ephuta
Boxborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
August 27, 2005
This was running around on top of a leaf.

Mutillidae: Ephutinae
the large tegulae and heavy scultpure give away the subfamily.

Great find!
The eye shape is also a great indicator for Ephuta. Ovate and notched like a Timulla, unlike the circular eyes of Dasymutilla and other Sphaeropthalminae. Unlike Dasymutilla and the nocturnal mutillids, most of the Ephuta diversity is in the East. It would be pretty difficult to ID this species, even with the specimen on hand.

Kevin, thanks for taking the identification down to the genus.

No problem
Well, Dr. Yanega did the hard part, there is only one North American genus of Ephutinae, unless you count Xenochile as a real genus, but it only lives in Arizona.

Tiphiid wasp?
I'd be willing to bet this is actually a tiphiid wasp, but hard to tell conclusively without the specimen.

Looks like a tiphiid to me, too.

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