Competition 2023 – Photography – 18 and over – Tim Jonas – (2) Chrysis viridula

By Tim Jonas

Chrysis is a genus of cuckoo wasp so called because they infiltrate the nests of other wasps and bees, laying their eggs alongside their hosts' offspring. This species, Chrysis viridula, has a spectacular metallic sheen and targets the nests of Potter Wasps (Odynerus spinipes).
Competition: 2023 - Photography - 18 and over
Insect order: Ants, bees, wasps and sawflies
Species: Cuckoo wasp, Chrysis viridula
Picture taken in: United Kingdom

Second image