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Species Leucospis slossonae

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcidoid Wasps)
Family Leucospidae
Genus Leucospis
Species slossonae (Leucospis slossonae)
Explanation of Names
Leucospis slossonae Weld 1922
slossonae = named after Anna "Annie" Trumbull Slosson, an American entomologist
This is one of three large, red chalcidoids that are mimics of various red-and-black mason wasps in Florida and surrounding states. Most images here were previously misidentified as Leucospis affinis floridana, which is actually quite distinct. Leucospis slossonae has as more enlarged hind femur with a series of 4-5 very long and stout spines (in L. affinis, there is one enlarged basal spine and a series of 7 or more small distal spines). The female of L. slossonae has a very short ovipositor, versus extremely long and curved forward (reaching the mesosoma) in L. affinis floridana or reaching the hind margin of the first tergite in L. robertsoni. The coloration and body shape are also different.
Georgia, Florida, Alabama