Ruby-tailed Wasp

Chrysis ignita

Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis ignita)

These tiny wasps are sometimes known as ‘jewel wasps’ or ‘cuckoo wasps’, these are brightly coloured, the head and thorax being greenish-blue, and the abdomen is golden red. Length 5 to 15mm.

The female lays its eggs in the nests of mason bees, where the larvae hatch and eat the host larvae.

It flies May to September, and is found in a variety of habitats, including heathland and gardens. A common and widespread species.

Photographs of Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis ignita), taken June  2011, rear garden, Staffordshre. © Pete Hillman 2011. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.

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