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Photo#72073
Mutillid - Dasymutilla aureola - female

Mutillid - Dasymutilla aureola - Female
Wagon Road Canyon area, near Lockwood Valley Road; elev. ~4800 feet., Kern County, California, USA
May 19, 2006
Looks similar to Dasymutilla coccinea in Hogue ((1)), but this may be an outward resemblance.

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Mutillid - Dasymutilla aureola - female Mutillid - Dasymutilla aureola - female

Moved

Moved
Moved from Dasymutilla.

I can't tell from this photo
I can't tell from this photo to well, but I actually think it is Dasymutilla Aureola Var. Pacifica.

 
Thanks, William,
If D. aureola var. pacifica, what is the description for this sp./ssp., and does it occur in the Western Transverse Ranges of CA?

 
Yes it does. Its head should
Yes it does. Its head should be larger than the thorax, instead of smaller and it should be red in color to be D. aureola pacifica.

 
Thanks
for the information. I've added another shot of the same specimen, but I can't tell whether it's larger.

 
Yes I am sure that this is da
Yes I am sure that this is dasymutilla Aureola pacifica. The ones I collected were on arlinton mountain in Santa barbra. D.coccinea has a smaller head than the thorax. I'm going to double check the key and see if I can get some more characterristics besides the smaller head.

 
Now I'm confused-
In your comment above, the head should be larger than the thorax. Now you say that D. coccinea has a smaller head than the thorax. Which do you mean?

 
D.aureola has a larger head t
D.aureola has a larger head than the thorax, while D.coccinea has a smaller head then the thorax.

 
D. aureola
When you say larger, do you mean wider than the thorax, or overall larger? See also Ronald D. Hennessey's comments with the accompanying photo.

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