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Small parasitic wasp

Observed: 1st September 2012 By: helenselwoodhelenselwood’s reputation in Invertebrates

Small (a bit less than 1 cm I would say), fast-moving - rushing about on outhouse roof. Iridescent colouring with "face" more yellowish on lower part, greenish-blue above. Main impression of head and thorax colour is peacock-blue. Startling pink to red abdomen but a flash of yellow colour viewed from behind when it (briefly) took off. Beautiful creature!

    Likely ID
    Chrysis ...
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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small parasitic wasp

This attracted me first by its energetic movement - I took a short video too. Never seen one before. Looked it up on BWARS site but not sure which species - they seem tricky to distinguish. Can't say I've noticed the potential host species around but the garden is very jungly so they could well be there.