Chrysis viridula (Linnaeus, 1761)
Chrysis viridula is one of a number of Cuckoo Bees often colloquially called Ruby-tailed Wasps. They are parasitoids, with the females entering the nests of solitary bees to lay their eggs. The larvae feed on the host bee's brood until maturity. In the case of Chrysis viridula, the preferred host species is the Eumenid Wasp Odynerus spinipes. There are historical Nottinghamshire records listed on the NBN Gateway, from Treswell Wood and Langford, but we cannot trace any records more recent than 1925. .
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chrysis viridula
 
The mud entrance tubes, leading to the nests of Odynerus spinipes in soil at the base of an old fallen Pine trunk, near Sherwood Golf Course, Eakring Road Mansfield. Photographed June 2015.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2016

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