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
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