Saturday, 6 June 2015

Cuckoo wasp

Whilst chatting to Christopher at Banks Pond the other day this brightly coloured specimen landed in front of us. Chris recognised it instantly as Ruby trailed wasp and spent the enxt ten minutes waiting  for it to re-appear which it did several times before he eventually got a shot of it
Hopefully he got a better shot sufficient to tell if it is Chrysis ignita or angustula. Betting is on the former as we're at the northern limit of the latter although the golden tinge to the underside suggests the latter. Life's too short. I'm still trying to ID three micros from Friday night although a good crop saw three new macros. Clouded Silver, Rustic Shoulder-Knot and Small Clouded Brindle of 12 different species.

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