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Subspecies Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola

Paper Wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Yellow jacket of some sort? - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Wasp opening a Hemerophila diva cocoon - Mischocyttarus mexicanus - female Mischocyttarus mexicanus Paper Wasp  - Mischocyttarus mexicanus - female Paper wasps - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Paper Wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola - 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
Family Vespidae
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Mischocyttarus (Long-waisted Paper Wasps)
Species mexicanus (Mexican Paper Wasp)
Subspecies cubicola (Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Following the Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico (Krombein, 1979)(1) 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.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.