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Genus Zethus

Zethus spinipes variegatus again? - Zethus spinipes - male Zethus sp. wasp? - Zethus spinipes Double-waisted wasp - Zethus spinipes black and white wasp - Zethus spinipes Mason Wasp - Zethus slossonae Zethus slossonae Zethus spinipes ? - Zethus spinipes Potter wasp – Eumenes sp. - Zethus spinipes
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 Eumeninae (Potter and Mason Wasps)
Genus Zethus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sometimes placed in its own subfamily
Explanation of Names
Zethus Fabricius 1804
a Greek mythological name
6 spp. in our area(1); by far the largest genus of Eumeninae, with nearly 250 described species total(2)
13-18 mm
mainly neotropical, with some representation in the Nearctic (only one sp. ranges beyond southernmost US); also Old World tropics(1)(2)
Print References
Internet References
Fact sheet (Grissell 2013)(4)
Works Cited
1.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].
2.Vespidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Puerto Rico, West Indies
Carpenter J.M., Genaro J.A. 2011. Insecta Mundi 0202: 1-35.
3.Ecology and taxonomy of Lower Rio Grande Valley Zethus
Porter C.C. 1978. Fla. Entomol. 61: 159-168.
4.University of Florida: Featured Creatures