Belongs within: Pompiloidea.Contains: Kudakrumiini, Myrmosini, Ticoplinae, Rhopalomutillinae, Sphaeropthalminae, Dasylabrinae, Myrmillinae, Mutillinae. The Mutillidae, velvet ants, are hairy wasps that usually show significant dimorphism with females being wingless and have the sclerites of the mesosoma fused whereas males are mostly winged with articulated mesosomal plates. Larvae develop as parasites in the nests of other stinging wasps… Continue reading Mutillidae


Belongs within: Pompilidae. Ceropales is a genus of spider wasps in which the eyes are internally emarginate and the labrum is broadly exposed (Tsuneki 1989). Characters (from Tsuneki 1989): Body black, and yellow- or white-maculated; inner orbits strongly emarginate; labrum broadly exposed; pronotum rounded in front; mesoscutum without strong longitudinal furrows; discoidal cell 2 of… Continue reading Ceropales


Belongs within: Mutillinae.Contains: Smicromyrme. Carried on velvet wings Published 12 January 2023 In their recent reclassification of the velvet ants of the Mutillidae, Brothers & Lelej (2017) assigned thirty genera found in Eurasia and Africa to the tribe Smicromyrmini. As with other mutillids, smicromyrmins usually show significant sexual dimorphism between winged males and wingless females… Continue reading Smicromyrmini


Belongs within: Sphaeropthalminae. Velvet photomorphs Published 30 January 2022 The velvet ants of the family Mutillidae are a diverse but relatively little-studied group of insects. As well as their often retiring habits, studies of this family are hindered by the difficulty of associating sexes. Females are wingless and superficially resemble hairy ants. Males are usually… Continue reading Photomorphus


Belongs within: Pompiloidea.Contains: Ceropales, Ctenocerinae, Pompilinae, Leptodialepis, Calopompilus, Hemipepsis, Pepsini, Psoropempula, Ageniellini, Priocnemis, Dipogon. The Pompilidae, spider hawks, are a cosmopolitan group of wasps that develop as predators or parasites of spiders. Characters (from Shimizu 1994): Antenna usually with 13 segments in male, 12 segments in female. Maxillary galea usually with two separate sclerites, exogalea-1… Continue reading Pompilidae


Belongs within: Pompilinae. Agenioideus: average spider hawks Published 22 December 2019 I have commented in earlier posts on the challenges of identifying spider hawks of the family Pompilidae, resulting from this wasp family’s combination of high species diversity with a mostly conservative body plan. As a result of this conservatism, pompilid classification has tended to… Continue reading Agenioideus


Belongs within: Pompilidae.Contains: Phanagenia, Auplopus. The Ageniellini: nest evolution in spider wasps Published 4 June 2019 The Pompilidae, commonly known as spider wasps or spider hawks, are a distinctive and often conspicuous group of wasps, well known for their practice of capturing spiders and sealing them paralysed into nest cells to serve as food for… Continue reading Ageniellini


Belongs within: Dasymutillini. Ants in bright velvet Published 28 May 2019 A paper that I’ve been intermittently working on for a while now finally saw publication last week. Authored by myself, Mark Murphy, Yvette Hitchen and Denis Brothers, the paper describes four new species of velvet ant from here in Western Australia. Velvet ants are… Continue reading Aglaotilla


Belongs within: Pompilinae. Pompilus is one of a number of genera of spider wasps with black integument overlain with grey pubescence (Elliott 2007). Pompilus: spider wasps of the dunes Published 17 October 2021 I’ve commented before on the difficulties that can be attendent on identifying spider wasps (Pompilidae), one of those groups that combine a… Continue reading Pompilus

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Belongs within: Pepsini. Cryptocheilus is a genus of pompilid wasps characterised by a marginal cell on the forewing that is broadly rounded apically, with vein Rs meeting the anterior margin of the wing almost at a right angle (Wahis 2008). Cryptocheilus Panzer 1806 (see below for synonymy)E07 |–*C. annulatus (Fabricius 1798)E07 [=Sphex annulataE07, *Calicurgus annulatusE07,… Continue reading Cryptocheilus

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