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Velvet Ant
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Tree after Brothers (1999).
Containing group: Vespoidea

Other Names for Mutillidae


Brothers, D. J. 1975. Phylogeny and classification of the aculeate Hymenoptera, with special reference to Mutillidae. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 50: 483-648.

Brothers, D. J. 1999. Phylogeny and evolution of wasps, ants and bees (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea, Vespoidea and Apoidea). Zoologica Scripta 28 (1-2): 233-249.

Lelej, A. S. and Nemkov, P. G. 1997. Phylogeny, evolution and classification of Mutillidae (Hymenoptera). Far Eastern Entomologist 46: 1-24.

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Velvet Ant
Scientific Name Dasymutilla occidentalis
Location Inman, South Carolina
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By self
Behavior roaming
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage adult
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