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Subspecies Dasymutilla aureola pacifica

Mutillid - Dasymutilla aureola - female Pinned Specimen - Dasymutilla aureola - female Dasymutilla aureola var. pacifica? - Dasymutilla aureola Dasymutilla aureola var. pacifica? - Dasymutilla aureola Which Velvet Ant? - Dasymutilla aureola Red Black Insect - Dasymutilla aureola Dasymutilla aureola pacifica - Dasymutilla aureola - male Dasymutilla vestita ? - Dasymutilla aureola - 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 aureola (Dasymutilla aureola)
Subspecies pacifica (Dasymutilla aureola pacifica)
Males (winged): Head as wide as mesosoma; scarlet colored vestiture on dorsum of head, thorax, and abdominal tergites 3-6; median pit filled with setae is present on 2nd abdominal sternite (last character shared with some other species).
Females (wingless): Covered with red vestiture; thorax as broad as long, and the head is broader than the thorax.
(characters based on Hurd, 1951, and information provided by Kevin Williams.)
Baja California, Mexico
Canada: British Columbia
(Hurd, 1951; see ref. below)
Print References
Hurd, Paul D., Jr. 1951. The California Velvet Ants of the Genus Dasymutilla Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Bull. of the Calif. Insect Survey, Vol.1, No.4. (PDF version)