Ruby-tailed Wasp Chrysis ignita (Linnaeus, 1758)
This stunning solitary wasp is one of the few insects which lives up to it's common name. It's bright metallic blue and red colouration, makes it relatively easy to identify, even in flight. The Ruby-tailed Wasp belongs to the Chrysididae family and is the most well known of the 31 UK species. There are other similarly coloured species within the family. Ruby-tailed Wasps are also occasionally referred to as Cuckoo Bees. Females enter the nests of solitary bees to lay their eggs. The larvae feed on the host bee's brood until maturity. This colourful insect is regularly found on or around fence posts. Both of the two photographed here, were found in just such loctations at Clipstone Old Quarter near Edwinstowe in May 2007 (upper photographs) and at Eakring Meadows on September 1st 2008 (lower photographs)
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chrysis ignita
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Darren Matthews. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014).

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Updated October 2017

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