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Species Dasymutilla quadriguttata

Velvet Ant - Dasymutilla quadriguttata - female Dasymutilla pyrrhus - Dasymutilla quadriguttata - female Velvet Ant - Dasymutilla quadriguttata - female Cow-Killer 1 - Dasymutilla quadriguttata - female Velvet Ant - Dasymutilla quadriguttata Dasymutilla alesia? - Dasymutilla quadriguttata - female Mutillidae - Dasymutilla quadriguttata Four-spotted Velvet Ant - Dasymutilla quadriguttata - female
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)
Genus Dasymutilla
Species quadriguttata (Dasymutilla quadriguttata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
17 species/subspecies were synonymized under D. quadriguttata as follows:(1)
Dasymutilla castor (Blake 1871)
Dasymutilla mutata (Blake 1871)
Dasymutilla cypris (Blake 1871)
Dasymutilla electra (Blake 1872)
Dasymutilla biguttata (Cockerell 1895)
Dasymutilla mutata miamensis Rohwer 1912
Dasymutilla allardi Rohwer 1912
Dasymutilla alesia Banks 1921
Dasymutilla interrupta Banks 1921
Dasymutilla permista Mickel 1923 (synonymy by Remington 1944)
Dasymutilla atrifimbriata Mickel 1928
Dasymutilla nitidula Mickel 1928
Dasymutilla rubricosa Mickel 1928
Dasymutilla hora Mickel 1928
Dasymutilla nitidula var. nigridia Mickel 1936
Dasymutilla hersilia Mickel 1936
Dasymutilla mediatoria Mickel 1936
Explanation of Names
Dasymutilla quadriguttata (Say 1823)
Females: Mesosoma is longer than broad with a scutellar scale. Presence of linear tubercles on the posterolateral angles of the head. Coloration and number of maculae/spots on the second tergite varies.
Males: A pit filled with dense setae present on the second sternite. Coloration doesn't seem to vary much (all black or very dark red except for the orange integument on the second tergite).
Males are hard to identify from photos, as they can have the same coloration as D. bioculata and D. vesta (entirely black except for the orange/yellow macula on the second tergite).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Addressing the Dasymutilla quadriguttata species-group and species-complex (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae)...
Pilgrim E.M., Williams K.A., Manley D.G., Pitts J.P. 2009. J. Kansas Ent. Soc. 82: 231-249.