Jewel wasps

Also called cuckoo wasps because they steal their host larvae's provisions, or ruby-tailed wasps due to their coloring, most species of jewel wasps arc bright metallic blue, green, red, or combinations of these colors. Their hard, dimpled body protects them from bee and wasp stings.

• life Cycle Typically, the female finds a nest containing the larva of a solitary bee or wasp and lays an egg. The jewel wasp larva cats the host larva from the outside, plus the host's provisions.

• occurrence Worldwide. In a variety of habitats, wherever their hosts are found.

long, tubular tongue for nectar feeding latge, scalelike structures cover w ing bases strong dimples bright metallic green coloration most of abdomen has pinkish tinge not all segments of <ibdomen are visible from above convex face with strong mandibles

A PAR NO EES CARNEA is a European species. Members of this genus parasitize solitary hunting wasps.

distinctive lobe on hindwings dark femora

- end "I ii lulo m en metallic putple hard, dimpled body surface

SriElillM SI'EENDIDl/M is a CLEE EES SPECIES are found LARVAE are smooth large species native to northern mostly in the Northern and stout. The

Australia. It parasitizes solitary I Iemisphcre. The body is middle of the body mud-nesting wasps. often not entirely metallic. is the broadest part.



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