Lomachaeta powelli ( Mickel, 1964 ), Mickel, 1964

Williams, Kevin A., Cambra, Roberto A., Bartholomay, Pedro R., Luz, David R., Quintero, Diomedes & Pitts, James P., 2019, Review of the genus Lomachaeta Mickel, 1936 (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) with new species and sex associations, Zootaxa 4564 (1), pp. 101-136: 127-128

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Lomachaeta powelli ( Mickel, 1964 )


Lomachaeta powelli ( Mickel, 1964)  

( Figs 35 View FIGURES 33–36 , 39 View FIGURES 37–40 , 48 View FIGURES 47–52 )

Smicromutilla powelli Mickel, 1964: 108   . Holotype, ♂, USA, California, San Luis Obispo Co. (CISC). Williams & Pitts (2009): Combination under Lomachaeta   .

Diagnosis. MALE. The following combination of characters is diagnostic for males of L. powelli   : the body is entirely black, except T2–3 are largely orange; the mandible lacks a ventral tooth basally; the head and T2 disc have separated punctures; the forewing venation is restricted to the basal half of the wing; the T1 shape is subsessile; the T2 fringe is composed of simple setae; and the paramere is virtually straight, subcylindrical, and lacking tufts or rows of long setae. Body length: 3–6 mm.

FEMALE. This species can be recognized by the numerous elongate blackish dorsal bristles throughout the body. The following characters will also aid in diagnosis: the baso-ventral mandibular margin lacks a hyaline lamella; the head width is 1.2 × the mesosomal width; the mesosoma is compact, with the thoracic dorsal length 0.85 × its width; the pronotal spiracle is weakly swollen; the lateral mesonotal tooth is indistinct; the propodeal spiracle is weakly swollen; the lateral propodeal face is impunctate; the mesosomal dorsum has about 10 areolations between the pronotal spiracles, many intervals are partially obliterated; the T1 shape is sub-sessile; T2 has sparse punctures and smooth intervals; and the S6 lateral carina is low rounded. Body length 2–3 mm.

Material examined. USA: California: Fresno Co., Panoche Road, S 31 T15 R12 MO, 14.VI.1982, R. F. Gill & N. J. Smith (2♀, CSCA); Monterey County, Arroyo Seco Camp, 15.VI.1957, R.C. Bechtel (1♀, EMUS, Figs 35 View FIGURES 33–36 , 39 View FIGURES 37–40 ); San Diego County , San Diego, Harkins Collection (1♀, EMUS); San Luis Obispo County , Pozo, 30.IV.1962, J. Powell (1♂, paratype, CISC, Fig. 48 View FIGURES 47–52 )   .

Distribution. Known only from the Central Valley and Coast Range areas of California, USA.

Remarks. Both sexes of this species were collected in nesting aggregations of Diodontus occidentalis Fox   , a ground-nesting pemphredonine wasp ( Mickel 1964). Where known, the other North American species parasitize twig nesters ( Pitts & Manley 2004).


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Lomachaeta powelli ( Mickel, 1964 )

Williams, Kevin A., Cambra, Roberto A., Bartholomay, Pedro R., Luz, David R., Quintero, Diomedes & Pitts, James P. 2019

Smicromutilla powelli

Mickel, C. E. 1964: 108