Mutillidae


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Mutillidae

[myü′til·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The velvet ants, a family of hymenopteran insects in the superfamily Scolioidea.

Mutillidae

 

(velvet ants), a family of Aculeata. The males are winged, while the females are without wings and resemble ants. The body is highly chitinized. It is densely covered with black, red, golden, and white hairs, usually arranged in a spotted or banded pattern. There are about 3,000 species, which are distributed mainly in the tropics. The larvae parasitize the larvae of wasps and bees. Female Mutillidae invade the nests of insect hosts and deposit an egg on the adult larva. The Mutillidae larva then eats the host larva and pupates in its chamber. One species of Mutillidae parasitizes the pupae of the tsetse fly.

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This paper is part of the project "Complexos mimeticos em vespas da familia Mutillidae (Insecta, Hymenoptera): padroes de mimetismo e diversidade nos biomas brasileiros" (CNPq 402393/2012-0).
Catalogue of the Mutillidae (Hymenoptera) of the Oriental Region.
Pappognatha Mickel (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae: Sphaeropthalminae): new species, sex associations, hosts, and new distribution records.
Arboreal, ant-mimicking mutillid wasps, Pappognatha; parasites of Neotropical Euglossa (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae and Apidae).
Distribution maps of the confirmed species of Mutillidae were constructed using Adobe Illustrator CS5 (Version 15.0.2) to alter a county-level map of Oklahoma (Nazelrod, 2006).
We confirmed records for 98 species of Mutillidae in 68 of the 77 counties of Oklahoma.
Algunos mostraron mayor persistencia siendo su abundancia alta hasta el otono, es el caso de Mutillidae sp.1.
C = Coleoptera; H = Hymenoptera Familia S Tenebrionidae(C) 30 Scarabaeidae (C) 16 Elateridae (C) 14 Mutillidae (H) 14 Carabidae (C) 11 Plumaridae (H) 9 Curculionidae (C) 8 Buprest idae (C) 7 Histeridae (C) 6 Anobidae (C) 3 Meloidae (C) 2 Tabla 3.
Description of the female and larval stage of Odontophotopsis succinea Viereck (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae), with a new synonymyand notes on the species.
Molecular sex association of three species of nocturnal velvet ant (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae).
The Mutillidae are ectoparasitoids of larval instars and they usually attack the postdefecated larvae or pupae of other insects, generally aculeate Hymenoptera (Brothers et al.
The descriptions are based on 2 mature larva (Bembix bidentata) and 1 mature larva (one each of the species of Chrysididae and Mutillidae).