Chrysis impressa

Description

This is a very handsome species with a ruby red body and blue green thorax and head, the whole having a rather metallic lustre. There are several very similar species and great care is needed when identifying these wasps.

Similar Species

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

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Various habitats in search of the nests of its prey species.

When to see it

May to August or September.

Life History

Lays its eggs in the nests of solitary bees. The ruby-tailed wasp grubs then eat the bee larvae.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Unknown - few records for Leicestershire and Rutland.

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