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Genus Chrysis

Cuckoo Wasp-Family Chrysididae - Chrysis Male cuckoo wasp? - Chrysis angolensis Chrysis smaragdula - male Greenish blue Cuckoo wasp - Chrysis metallic green bee/wasp - Chrysis Cuckoo wasp on Helianthus annuus stem - Chrysis antennalis - female Chrysis - Chrysis angolensis Chrysis spp. - Chrysis smaragdula
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps & allies)
Family Chrysididae (Cuckoo Wasps)
Subfamily Chrysidinae
Tribe Chrysidini
Genus Chrysis
Explanation of Names
Chrysis Linnaeus 1761
77 spp. in our area(1), 50 spp. in CA(2), ~1000 currently recognized species worldwide (about half of the spp. in the family)(3)
6‒12 mm
Four or more teeth on the last visible abdominal tergite. Important for species identification are: the sculpturing of the face and mesopleuron, the shape of lateral propodeal tooth, and the shape & number of teeth on apical tergite
worldwide, mostly Old World(3)
Life Cycle
nest parasites of Crabronidae, Sphecidae, Megachilidae, Anthophoridae, and Eumeninae(2)
"...paraphyletic genus <with> no definitive diagnostic features other than the lack of those characteristic of other chrysidine genera"(2)
Internet References
Taxon page [data from(3)]
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.California Cuckoo Wasps in the Family Chrysididae (Hymenoptera)
Lynn S. Kimsey. 2006. UC Press.
3.The chrysidid wasps of the world
Kimsey L.S., Bohart R.M. 1990. Oxford University Press. 652 pp.