Chrysis ignita

Description

Length approx 12 mm. This is a brightly coloured wasp with a metallic red abdomen and bright green head and thorax.

Similar Species

Chrysis ignita cannot be separated from other Chrysis species without expert examination of the specimen.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Heathland and gardens. These wasps are often noticed searching over hot sun-baked surfaces such as old walls or fence posts.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History

Parasitoid. The larvae eat the grubs of burrow-dwelling solitary bees. Prey: Red Mason Bee. Adults feed on nectar and pollen.

UK Status

This wasp is a widespread and fairly common species in all areas where there is a suitable host, although most British records seem to come from England.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map