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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

JEWEL WASP (RUBY-TAILED WASP)

Found one of these amazing little things on our potato plants this afternoon, but was too slow to take a photo.
Very distinctive, with a blue/green thorax and a ruby-coloured abdomen, these wasps are also known as Cuckoo Wasps, because of their habit of laying their eggs in the nests of other insects (often Mason Wasps) , (and er... they tell the time in Switzerland).
A first "3-named" insect for "Blue-Grey" - THE JEWEL WASP, THE CUCKOO WASP or THE RUBY-TAILED WASP. Take your pick!


NB. 05/07/07 At last! Finally saw the beautiful, tiny Jewel wasp again, and did manage to take its photo. Not easy. Its blowing a gale out there, and this fantastically coloured little insect just does not sit still...


Here are two of the best I took (the third is posted on the actual date - 05 July '07).



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