Chrysis viridula

Description

This is a brightly coloured wasp with a metallic sheen.  There are other quite similar species, and care is needed with identification.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Habitat

Found around the nest sites of its host which are usually in bare vertical banks of hard earth, often of clay or sometimes sand.

When to see it

Probably univoltine; June to August, sometimes during May and rarely in September.

Life History

A parasitoid of the eumenid wasps Odynerus spinipes and Odynerus melanocephalus.  The adult chrysidid oviposits in the cell of its host while the host larva is spinning its cocoon, or just after the cocoon has been completed (the adult is able to open the cocoon to lay its egg). On hatching, the chrysidid larva consumes the host larva.

UK Status

Widespread throughout southern England and north to North-east Yorkshire. In Wales, mostly confined to coastal areas. This species may be suffering a decline in numbers at present.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland no known.

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