Chrysis clarinicollis

Last update: 22 May 2020


Collection
Chrysis clarinicollis

SPECIES:
GENUS: CHRYSIS
FAMILY: Cuckoo wasps (CHRYSIDIDAE)

Chrysis clarinicollis

1. DISTRIBUTION

C. clarinicollis is a common wasp [2].

2. BEHAVIOUR

2.1. ACTIVITY

2.2. DEVELOPMENT

Like all cuckoo wasps this species is also a parasite, and she finds her hosts in the bee hotel.
The larvae are cleptoparasites which means they feed of the provisions of the host larva.

3. PARASITIC RELATIONS

C. clarinicollis is a cleptoparasite on the following species:

Wasps
(HYMENOPTERA)
– Ancistrocerus oviventris [3]
– Ancistrocerus scoticus [3]

4. IDENTIFICATION

It is a small wasp 6 – 10 mm [4].

There are a number of cuckoo wasps that look similar [4].

The characteristics of the species are [4]:

1. Head and thorax (mesosoma) metallic blue or violet with green reflections on pronotum and mesoscutellum
2. Tergites gold-red metallic

Chrysis clarinicollis

3. Sternites green or blue metallic

Chrysis clarinicollis

4. Black spots on sternite 2 rectangualar

Chrysis clarinicollis, zwarte vlekken op sterniet 1 rechthoekig

5. Tergite 3 with clear teeth
6. Tergite 3 with 4 teeth
7. Back edge short, with shallow space between teeth

Chrysis clarinicollis, tergite 3 with distinct teeth

8. Middle teeth do not extend beyond lateral teeth

Chrysis clarinicollis, middle teeth do not extend beyond lateral teeth

9. Abdome (metasoma) golden red color
10. Tergite 1 and 2 red
11. Tergite 3 red
12. Back edge tergite 3 same color as tergite
13. Abdomen broad and compact

Chrysis clarinicollis, metasoma geheel rood goudkleurig

14. Spurs hind tibia unequal in length

Chrysis clarinicollis, hindleg tibia spurs unequal in length

15. Length pronotum at least 1/4x width

Chrysis clarinicollis, length pronotum at least 1/4x width

16. First antenna flag (flagomere) segment with weak metallic shine

Chrysis clarinicollis, flagomere segment 1 with weak metallic shine

17. Frons with sparse, more erect hairs

Chrysis clarinicollis

18. Frontal carina without toothlike tubercles

Chrysis clarinicollis, frontal carina without toothlike tubercles

19. Pronotum and mesoscutellum uniform greenish

Chrysis clarinicollis, pronotum and scutellem greenish

20. Tergite 1 anteriorly and lateral blue-green, dorsally red

Chrysis clarinicollis

References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

2 Waarneming.nl

3 Paukkunen J, Berg A, Soon V, Ødegaard F, Rosa P (2015) An illustrated key to the cuckoo wasps (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae) of the Nordic and Baltic countries, with description of a new species. ZooKeys 548: 1-116.

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