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Species Triscolia ardens

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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 Scolioidea
Family Scoliidae (Scoliid Wasps)
Subfamily Scoliinae
Genus Triscolia
Species ardens (Triscolia ardens)
Explanation of Names
Triscolia ardens (Smith 1855)
Identification
Forewing with three submarginal cells and a single recurrent vein which meets the posterior edge of the 2nd submarginal cell (see diagram here from Univ. of Florida); wings very dark, violaceous; thorax entirely black; first two abdominal tergites mostly black, the remaining (posterior) tergites red and more bushy-hairy. (1)
Males have a three narrow spines projecting slightly beyond the tip of abdomen; females lack such spines.
Range
Texas west to California, and south into Mexico. (1)
Season
June to November
Remarks
Triscolia ardens is presumably the model for the dipteran mimic Mydas ventralis.
Print References
Betrem J.G., Bradley J.C. (1964). Annotations on the genera Triscolia, Megascolia and Scolia (Hymenoptera, Scoliidae). Zoologische Mededelingen 40: 89-96. (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Scoliid Wasps of the Southwestern United States
MacKay W.P. 1987. Southwestern Naturalist 32(3): 357-362.