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Subspecies Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola

Mischocyttarus phthisicus - Mischocyttarus mexicanus - female wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Mischocyttarus mexicanus Wasp?? - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Small Wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus A wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus - female Polistinae - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Paper Wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Mischocyttarus
Species mexicanus (Mischocyttarus mexicanus)
Subspecies cubicola (Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Following the Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico (Krombein, 1979) M. phthisicus is here considered a synonym of M. mexicanus cubicola. By contrast, Richards (1978) treated M. phthisicus as a valid species. Darker forms (i.e., without yellow stripes on the scutum) correspond to "phthisicus" but there is considerable variation (even within nest series), and there seems to be no clear-cut distinction between the two. For the purposes of Bugguide it seems better to consider them as one taxon until the matter has been resolved through further research. The following picture shows a nest series that appears to include specimens of both species:
circa 11-15 mm (guide photos)
For identification of this subspecies see the species page.
Coastal states from South Carolina to Alabama; found in the Houston and San Antonio areas of Texas since 2005. Replaced in southern Texas by ssp. mexicanus. Also on Cuba.