Promecilla decora ( Smith, 1879 )

Williams, Kevin A., Lelej, Arkady S., Okayasu, Juriya, Borkent, Christopher J., Malee, Rufeah, Thoawan, Kodeeyah & Thaochan, Nar, 2019, The female velvet ants (aka modkhong) of southern Thailand (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae), with a key to the genera of southeast Asia, Zootaxa 4602 (1), pp. 1-69: 25

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.2669927

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scientific name

Promecilla decora ( Smith, 1879 )
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13a. Promecilla decora ( Smith, 1879) 

( Figs 12View FIGURES 1–28, 65–67View FIGURES 56–67)

Mutilla decora Smith 1879: 200  , ♀; Magretti, 1892: 213, ♀; Zavattari 1910: 9.

Smicromyrme decora: Pagden 1934a: 465  , ♂, ♀; Mickel 1935: 288, ♀; Pagden, 1949: 222, ♀, ♂;

Sinotilla decora: Lelej 1995b: 19  ; 2005: 55; Okayasu 2017: 166.

Promecilla decora: Brothers & Lelej 2017: 57  , ♀, ♂.

Diagnosis. FEMALE. This species can be recognized by having the dorsal face of the pronotum with a lateral tooth, T2 with a basomedial whitish spot, having the sculpture of T2 with dense small punctures, and the metasoma dark metallic blue. Body length 4–7 mm. MALE. See Pagden (1949).

Material examined (9 ♀). MALAYSIA, Kelantan, 12 km E border Kelantan-Perak , 24.VII.1992, C.W. and L.B. O’Brien (1♀ CASC)  . THAILAND: Krabi, 14 km NNE Krabi, Phnom Bencha Mountain Resort, 8.208 o N 98.937 o E, 80 m, 2.IV.2017, MKT (2♀ CSCA)GoogleMaps  ; Nakhon Si Thammarat, 4.4 km N Hin Tok, Mountainside rubber farm, 8.303 o N 99.849 o E, 7.IV.2017, MKT (1♀ CSCA)GoogleMaps  ; Phatthalung, 2.4 km S Ban Na, Farm , 7.543 o N 99.883 o E, 50 m, 5.IV.2017, MKT (2♀ CSCA QSBG)GoogleMaps  ; Phetchabun, Khao Kho National Park , 16 o 39.549'N 101 o 0 8.198'E, 168 m, 9-10.I.2007, pan trap, S. Chachumnan and S. Singtong, T1387 (1♀ QSBG)GoogleMaps  ; Phetchaburi, Kaeng Krachan, Baan Maka Nature Lodge , 12.840 o N 99.590 o E, 140 m, 22–23.V.2018, MKT (1♀ CSCA)GoogleMaps  ; Surat Thani, Khlong Sok, Khao Sok Jungle Huts , 8.909 o N 99.526 o E, 70 m, 14.V.2018, MKT (1♀ CSCA)GoogleMaps  .

Distribution. China (Yunnan), Thailand (Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, and Surat Thani), Myanmar, Malaysia (Kelantan, Pulau Pinang, Kuala Lumpur), and Indonesia (Java).

Host. Reared from nests of a widely distributed, mud-daubing solitary wasp Pison argentatum Shuckard, 1838  ( Hymenoptera  : Crabronidae  ) (Pagden 1934b), which is also known as a hunter of both web-building and non-webbuilding spiders of Salticidae  , Araneidae  , Lycosidae  and Oxyopidae ( Starr 2004)  . Pagden (1934b) mentioned that this species probably attacks other species of Pison  as well.

Remarks. The metallic blue metasomal color is less distinct than in Sinotilla cyaneiventris  . The evenly convex T2 with smaller and finer punctures is useful for separating this species from S. belokobylskiji  .

CSCA

California State Collection of Arthropods

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Mutillidae

Genus

Promecilla

Loc

Promecilla decora ( Smith, 1879 )

Williams, Kevin A., Lelej, Arkady S., Okayasu, Juriya, Borkent, Christopher J., Malee, Rufeah, Thoawan, Kodeeyah & Thaochan, Nar 2019
2019
Loc

Sinotilla decora:

Okayasu, J. 2017: 166
2017
Loc

Smicromyrme decora:

Pagden, H. T. 1949: 222
Mickel, C. E. 1935: 288
1935
Loc

Mutilla decora

Zavattari, E. 1910: 9
Magretti, P. 1892: 213
Smith, F. 1879: 200
1892
Loc

Promecilla decora: Brothers & Lelej 2017 : 57

Brothers, D. J. & Lelej, A. S. 2017: 57