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Subspecies Leucospis affinis floridana

Chalcid Wasp - Leucospis affinis - male Chalcid Wasp female - Leucospis affinis - female Chalcid Wasp - Leucospis affinis - female Chalcid Wasp - Leucospis affinis - female Wasp - Leucospis affinis Potter or mason wasp - Leucospis affinis Leucospis affinis floridana ? - Leucospis affinis Red and black wasp - Leucospis affinis
Classification
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 affinis (Leucospis affinis)
Subspecies floridana (Leucospis affinis floridana)
Identification
This is one of three large, red chalcidoids that are mimics of various red-and-black mason wasps in Florida and surrounding states. Leucospis affinis floridana is separated from L. slossonae by the less enlarged hind femur with one large basal spine and a series of 7 or more distal spines (4-5 very long, stout spines in L. slossonae). The female of L. affinis floridana also has the ovipositor extremely long and curved forward (reaching the mesosoma), versus a very short ovipositor in L. slossonae or only reaching the hind margin of the first tergite in L. robertsoni. The first tergite of L. affinis floridana additionally has a median furrow into which the ovipositor fits.
Range
c. &s. FL(1)
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.