Saturday, 6 December 2008

Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis ignita)

Adult Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis ignita - unknown subspecies ) at Poltesco, Cornwall - June 2011

OTHER NAMES: Rubytail Wasp
Featured Subspecies: ?
Length: 4-13mm
UK STATUS NOT EVALUATED IUCN Red List: Least Concern

I've seen this species described as either Wasp or a Solitary Bee, though really the taxonomy of Apocrita - the suborder containing wasps, bees and ants is more complicated than one would initially think.  There are a large number of species that go by the name Ruby-tailed Wasp, but this seems to be the most well known of those species.  They are a parasitic species which lay their eggs in the nests of various wasps and bees - after hatching they feed on the eggs and larvae of their host species before pupating and then either

Related Species:
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Chrysididae
Genus: Chrysis
SUBSPECIES: C. i. bischoffi, C. i. clarinicollis, C. i. cypriaca, C. i. ignita, C. i. impressa, C. i. melaensis, C. i. schencki

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A local resident
 - Seen at Poltesco

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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