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Pappognatha is the genus of mutillid wasps. Some members of this genus are ant mimics (e.g., Pappognatha myrmiciformis the ant species Camponotus sericeiventris[1]). These wasps occur in Central and South America, and are parasites in the arboreal nests of orchid bees in the genus Euglossa.[2]


  1. Yanega, D. (1994) Arboreal, Ant-Mimicking Mutillid Wasps, Pappognatha; Parasites of Neotropical Euglossa (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae and Apidae). Biotropica 26: 465-468
  2. Diomedes Quintero A. and Roberto A. Cambra (2005) Pappognatha Mickel (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae: Sphaeropthalminae): New Species, Sex Associations, Hosts, and New Distribution Records. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 14:191–199