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Chrysis ignita

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Chrysis ignita (NL: Gewone goudwesp / EN: Rubytail wasp) is a brightly coloured wasp with a metallic red abdomen and bright green head and thorax. The shining coloration made of iridescent blue, green, purple is an interference coloration, while true pigments (red, brown and white) are very rare. The typical brilliance is emphasized by the exoskeleton sculpture, which is carved by a complex punctuation and by projections, crests, holes from micrometric to millimetric size. These wasps are often noticed searching over hot sun-baked surfaces such as old walls or fence posts. Chrysidids are parasitoids and cleptoparasites of other insects (mainly other wasps), from which the name of Cuckoo wasps.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 08/04/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Beautiful macro! and a stunning wasp. Love the texture.

20 May 2011 7:28am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Merci pour son nom car j'en ai vu un l'autre jour sur une fenêtre à l'intérieur de la maison, je l'ai photographié mais ne connaissais pas son nom, c'est bizarre et beau cet insecte avec ses couleurs.
Bonne journée à toi.

20 May 2011 8:41am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium


20 May 2011 9:06am

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

never saw such an insect !! beautiful

20 May 2011 12:46pm

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Stunning close up. Striking colours. Well captured !!

20 May 2011 6:39pm

Sylvia from -, Netherlands

Wat een prachtig kleurig beestje!

20 May 2011 6:56pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wonderful capture.

20 May 2011 8:13pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice macro shot ,very nice !
friendships !

20 May 2011 8:20pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Incredible macro!

22 May 2011 2:34pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm