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Dolichomutilla sycorax (Smith)

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Mutillidae; Subfamily: Mutillinae; Genus: Dolichomutilla)

Dolichomutilla sycorax (Smith, 1855)

Ndumu Game Reserve (Kwazulu-Natal). Photographs Athol Marchant (Kwazulu-Natal).

Male Ndumu Game Reserve (Kwazulu-Natal). Photographs Stephen Marshall (University of Guelph).


Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania.


Reared from mud nests of Sceliphron spirifex (Linnaeus) (Sceliphrinae, Sphecidae); Tricarinodynerus guerinii (Saussure); and Synagris analis Saussure (Eumeninae, Vespidae) (Baylis & Brothers, 2001; Weaving, 1995).


Bayliss, P.S. & Brothers, D.J. 2001. Behaviour and Host Relationships of Dolichomutilla sycorax (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae, Sphecidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 10: 1-9.

Smith, F. 1879. Descriptions of New Species of Hymenoptera in the British Museum, London. 240 pp.

Weaving, A.J.S. 1995. A comparison of nesting success and nesting habits in some Afrotropical aculeate wasps, with particular reference to nest parasites (Hymenoptera: Sphecidaae, Eumenidae). Annals Cape Provincial Museums (Natural History) 19(4):181-224.


Photographs Athol Marchant (Kwazulu-Natal), or Stephen Marshall (University of Guelph).

Map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Thanks to Denis Brothers (University of Kwazulu-Natal) for the determinations.

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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