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Species Leucospis affinis

Chalcid Wasp - Leucospis affinis - female Chalcid Wasp - Leucospis affinis - female Another female Leucospis? - Leucospis affinis - female Leucospis? - Leucospis affinis - female Leucospidae, lateral - Leucospis affinis - female Small Wasp? - Leucospis affinis - male Chalcid Wasp - Leucospis affinis - female Potter or mason 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)
Explanation of Names
Leucospis affinis Say 1824
Numbers
2 sspp. in our area(1)
1. L. a. affinis (widespread)
2. L. a. floridana (FL, primarily southern)
Identification
Range
All across the US.
Food
Hosts: various Megachilidae(2)
Remarks
One of the largest chalcidoids in the US, and the only one exhibiting wing-folding as part of its mimetic morphology
Print References
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)

Say, Thomas. 1824. Narrative of an expedition to the source of St. Peter's river, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods. H. C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia. Vol. v.2: App., Zool.: 253-378; pls.14-15. (Original Description)
Internet References
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