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Pachodynerus & Brachygastra

Pachodynerus & Brachygastra

Two vespid wasps, the social Brachygastra mellifica and the solitary Pachodynerus, have converged on a similar mimetic pattern, presumably to advertise the sting of both species. Austin, Texas, USA.

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From Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies