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Cuckoo wasp

chrysis ignita


Chrysis ignita is the most common of a group of very similar ruby-tailed wasps. The head and thorax range from a shiny green to blue, sometimes layered with a golden sheen. The abdomen, a deep ruby color, is its most distinctive feature. The exoskeleton sculpture appears textured, like a golf ball, with dimples, projections, crests, and holes ranging from micrometric to millimetric in size.


This cuckoo wasp (or emerald wasp, Chrysididae) is biting a grass stem to wait quietly until the morning. Waiting until the sunset allow patient photographer to catch this kind of behaviour and enjoy a perfectly smooth light.

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Bretagne, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jun 7, 2016
Submitted on Jun 10, 2016

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