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Tiny cuckoo wasp

Family: Chrysididae


After days of waiting for this beautiful little wasp to keep still I got a single shot. About 6mm long. Busy searching for holes in which it might parasitise other nestlings.


Exploring timber in an outer suburban back yard.


Chrysididae - possibly Chrysis sp.? Yet to search... also maybe check Mutillidae (velvet ant males have wings)

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LaurenZarate 7 years ago

These are so beautiful and so hard to photograph. Great you got it! Good advice John, I'll start carrying a tiny vial of honey with a pin in it! :)

MartinL 7 years ago

Nicely done Mark.
I saw my first ever cuckoo wasp at Lysterfield last week It flashed me for about two seconds.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Ha. No way too late for that.

stho002 7 years ago

Is it a mid-life Chrysis? :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Great advice thanks John. :-)

John La Salle
John La Salle 7 years ago

try putting a drop (and I mean a little tiny drop) of honey near where it is walking around. Sometimes they will stop and eat it - for long enough to take a shot.You can't smear the honey or put too much because they will get stuck in it. Put it on with a pin or needle, and keep it about half or a third the size of the head.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks John. Still hoping to get better shots of these.

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

I love the colour of these little fellows.

StephenSolomons 7 years ago


John La Salle
John La Salle 7 years ago

Definitely a cuckoo wasp - Chrysididae

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 19, 2013
Submitted on Dec 19, 2013


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