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Stilbum cyanurum

Stilbum cyanurum


One of the most colorfull cuckoo wasps I've encountered so far. Found on Eryngium campestre . It's a parasitoid of wasps who build mud nests (e.g. Eumenes species, Abispa splendida, Xenorhynchium nitidulum ...). Stilbum cyanurum belongs to the Chrysididae or gold wasps, which to me are close to "flying colorbooks" , if you are able to photograph one ( because they tend to be hyperactive) then most of the cases you are amazed by their bright & reflecting colors. To id. Chrysididae species it is always helpfull to have some images of the back of the animal. Found this specimen in the fall of the evening (hence the brown background colors and not too white overall lighting on the specimen) while enjoying sipping at the nectar of Eryngium campestre. Aparently this species is a globetrotter, soince I 've notice both shots form Europe & Australia ...

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Joey Bee
Joey Bee 8 years ago

Wow! Great shot!

HenkWallays 9 years ago

Thanks for the kind remarks and the surprise of being nominated ;-)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Great macro shot!!

Awesome capture HenkWallays ,congrats and thanks for sharing

EmilieChich 9 years ago

Magnifique macro! Bravo Henk.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

wow!!!! beauty.....

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Languedoc-Roussillon, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Sep 14, 2014

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