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Genus Chrysis

Cuckoo Bee? - Chrysis Cuckoo Wasp? - Chrysis Cuckoo wasp - Chrysis smaragdula Male cuckoo wasp? - Chrysis angolensis Which cuckoo wasp ? - Chrysis angolensis Chrysis Cuckoo Wasp--Chrysis angolensis? - Chrysis angolensis Chrysis? - Chrysis
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 and 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
Bright green cuckoo wasps. At least four teeth on the last visible abdominal tergite (dorsal plate). Important features for identification within this genus include the sculpturing of the face and mesopleuron, the shape of the lateral propodeal tooth and the shape and numbers of the teeth on the dorsal plate noted above.
worldwide, mostly Old World(3)
Life Cycle
nest parasites of bees and wasps in the families Crabronidae, Sphecidae, Megachilidae and Anthophoridae, as well as solitary vespids (Eumeninae)(2); some spp. parasitize mud daubers
"...huge, diverse, paraphyletic genus, which appears to have 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.