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Jewel Wasp?

Observed: 21st June 2011 By: Ed_PEd_P’s reputation in InvertebratesEd_P’s reputation in InvertebratesEd_P’s reputation in Invertebrates
Jewel Wasp
Description:

Very active, inspecting holes in house wall.

Identifications
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chrisbrooks's picture

Species

Hi Ed, I've never seen one of these colourful wasps before and don't know too much about them but just found a very similar looking insect in a guide, could it be Chrysis ignita.

Ed, forget the above I believe that it's impossible to distinguish between species of Ruby-tailed Wasps from the photo so agreeing with genus.

Ed_P's picture

Species - Chrysis/Chrysura

Thanks for that Chris. I thought it might be Chrysis, but remember reading somewhere that Chrysis species and Chrysura are similar. Thought I'd err on the side of caution!

Nick Upton's picture

Chrysidinae

This is defo a Chrysid wasp (Ruby-tailed wasps is one of their names) - a parasite of other wasps eg Digger wasps, and they are often impossible to ID from pics. The taxonomists are busy revising some of the genera (Eg Hedychrum) at the moment, so don't expect to get this much further. A few are distinctive enough for experts to be sure of and someone might chime in here with the exact ID. Your best chance may be to post it on a specialist hymenopteran site where world experts in these often give feedback. I got what turned out to be a rare species from Greece ID'd here: http://www.forum.hymis.de/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8920

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.

Martin Harvey's picture

photo

That's a stunning photo Ed, well worth clicking through to see it at full size.

Agree with comments above re ID.

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