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Cuckoo Wasp

Chrysididae

Description:

This Cuckoo Wasp was observed regurgitating water into its mouth and then sucking it back in, holding the droplet ever so delicately in its jaws for a few seconds. I presume that this is a cooling effect of some sort but I am not entirely sure. These wasps form an extensive group and of course take their name from the way they lay eggs in nests of other wasps.

Habitat:

Dryer areas and gardens of South Africa


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1 Comment

John La Salle
John La Salle 11 months ago

Not a cuckoo wasp.
Some type of bee - maybe even a yellow-faced bee, although I don't know my bees very well.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -33.96, Long: 18.46

Spotted on Jan 1, 2017
Submitted on Jan 1, 2017

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