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Genus Leucospis

Leucospis affinis - female Chalcid Wasp? - Leucospis slossonae - male Leucospis - Leucospis affinis - male Chalcid Wasp Leucospis affinis  - Leucospis affinis - female wasp at gall - Leucospis birkmani - male Wasp with red waist  - Leucospis affinis - male Wasp to black light - Leucospis affinis Male, Leucospis birkmani? - Leucospis birkmani - male
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucospis Fabricius 1775
5 spp.* in our area(1), ~130 spp. total(2)
*Species not yet in the guide: L. texana (GA, NC, TX)
2.3-16.5 mm(3)
Life Cycle
Females ovipositing:
Print References
Clausen, C. (1940). Entomophagous Insects. New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. Pp. x + 688. (Passage on Leucospis on pp. 236–238)
Graenicher S. (1905) On the habits and life-history of Leucospis affinis (Say): A parasite of bees. Bull. Wisc. Nat. Hist. Soc. 3-4: 153-159 (Full text)
Luo J.F., Liu Q. (2009) Life history and oviposition behavior of Leucospis gigas. Chinese Bulletin of Entomology 46(1): 77–81. [In Chinese]
Internet References
L. dorsigera searching for a host site & ovipositing (video; see also description here)
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.
2.Universal Chalcidoidea Database
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.A handbook of the families of Nearctic Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera). 2nd Edition
Grissell E.E., Schauff M. E. 1997. Ent. Soc. Wash. 87pp.