The Ruby-Tailed Wasp
Chrysis ignita, also known as the ruby-tailed wasp, is a species of cuckoo wasp. Cuckoo wasps are kleptoparasites – they lay their eggs in the nests of other wasp species and their young consume the eggs or larva of the host wasp for sustenance.
I saw this little species, for the first time two years ago. I had at that time no luck with taking a pictures, but I was searching for them every time on my macro trips. They are really little creatures in comparison with other wasps and very fast. Finally, on my vacation this year … I was so happy to be able to make these pictures. The pics are not as sharp as I would like to, but the colors are simply beautiful.
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