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Genus Mischocyttarus - Long-waisted Paper Wasps

Western Paper Wasp - - Mischocyttarus flavitarsis - female Paper wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus? - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Mischocyttarus - Mischocyttarus flavitarsis - male Wasp - Mischocyttarus flavitarsis - female orange and yellow wasp - Mischocyttarus mexicanus Wasp Species? - Mischocyttarus flavitarsis Wasp with red antennae - Mischocyttarus flavitarsis Western Paper Wasp - Mischocyttarus flavitarsis
Classification
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 (Long-waisted Paper Wasps)
Explanation of Names
Mischocyttarus Saussure 1853
from the Greek μίσχος (mísxos, míschos) 'stalk' + κύτταρος (kúttaros, cýttaros) 'cell of a honeycomb'
= 'stalked honeycomb' as the nest that Saussure described was suspended from a slender stalk or pedicel
Numbers
3 spp. in our area all in the subgenus Phi; the largest genus of social wasps, with nearly 250 described species(1)
* Records for a fourth species in our area, Mischocyttarus (Phi) phthisicus, correspond to M. mexicanus cubicola.(2)
Identification
Third and fourth tarsomeres of mid and hind tarsi strongly asymmetrical. First gastric segment narrowed into an elongate petiole.
Range
New World, primarily neotropical(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Vespidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Puerto Rico, West Indies
Carpenter J.M., Genaro J.A. 2011. Insecta Mundi 0202: 1-35.
2.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.