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Cuckoo wasp

Cuckoo wasp
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2005-06
Categorías: Insects
Cámara: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2005-06-12 3:47
Vista: 3639
Puntos: 40
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I decided to post today photos of quite interesting and, no doubt, very beautiful insect.

This is a species from Chrysididae family (probably Chrysis ignita).

These fellows are commonly known as Cuckoo Wasps (sometimes are also called gold, ruby or jewel wasps).
These names no doubt refers to the brilliant metallic blue, green, or reddish colours. In Poland it is called Golden_face.
The meaning of "cuckoo" is explained below.

These are mostly small, stinging wasps that are seen only occasionally due to their small size and secretive habits. However, in open, sunny habitats they are often abundant on flowers and small shrubs, where they feed on nectar (I found it on the wheat field).
Cuckoo wasps often lurk near the burrows of their hosts, waiting for an opportunity to sneak in and lay an egg. They have a thick, hard cuticle (outer covering) that is covered with pits. The cuticle provides protection from stings and strong biting mandibles of host insects, which may attack the cuckoo wasp. In addition, the underside of the abdomen is concave and allows the wasp to roll up into a protective ball, another defensive mechanism.
On one of my photos you can see such rolled wasp. What was quite strange it prefered to do this than simply fly away.

Cuckoo wasps are parasites that lay their eggs in the nests of bees, wasps, and certain other insects.

They can be divided into two chief types based on their lifestyles: parasitoids and cleptoparasites. Parasitoids feed on the larva of the host and cleptoparasites "steal" the host's food. In both cases the host larva dies. The food-stealing behavior of cleptoparasite species resembles that of the cuckoo bird and gave rise to the cuckoo wasp's name. Hosts of parasitoid species include bees, wasps, sawflies, silk moths, and the eggs of stick insects. Cleptoparasitic species feed on provisions of sphecid wasp nests, which may include dead spiders, true bugs, aphids, or thrips.

chiliu, Signal-Womb, PDP, Janice, TAZ, naki, Fisher, red45, dew77, marhowie, kokonike, sandpiper2, pat, cedryk ha puntuado esta nota como útil.
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Excellent collage!
Amazing colours,sharp details,nice composed.

Wonderful post Monika and very nicely presented with excellent note. I love the beautiful metallic coloring of this fly. Good detail on all images. Very good work.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-12 4:37]

Hi Monika, very interesting set of four, I like the bottom left most of all - with the wasp curled up. Great specimen and good details. Very well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-12 5:23]

Ale wspania³e owady, Moniko! I to x 4. Bardzo fajne , ostre z piêknymi kolorami. Czego to nie ma w naturze, no nie? Dobra robota.
Pozdrawiam, Aleksander

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-12 5:59]

Wspania³y zestaw Moniko.
¦wietne kolory.
Bardzo dobrze zrobione.

Superb composition. This quatrin is splendid.
Bravo !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-12 7:21]

Monika, 4 terrific shots of these parasitic Cuckoo Wasps, and I think they'd all be suitable to stand alone. Excellent details and colours. Well done.
And once again your notes are very informative and interesting. Thank you.

witaj:) fajnie pokazane:) podoba mi sie jak podzielilas zdjecie na 4 czesci:) super:)


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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-06-12 9:13]

Beautiful macro. Nice sequence. TFS

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-06-12 11:35]

Hello Monika,

This is a great composition! All four pictures are wonderful. Tack sharp and superb details. My favourite is top left. Well done & TFS!


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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-12 14:50]

Hi Monica, great display of the cucoo wasp. All of the pictures are very good in all aspects. Great colours.
Very well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-12 15:05]

Excellent presntation and composition of compositions, :)
Well done on the details. Excellent work.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-06-12 18:06]

Great presentation of beautifull insect Monika! Excellent, very informative note. I think I've never heard about these wasps before ;-) Thanks, I learned today new things :-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-12 19:09]

Monika, how great, colorful and beautiful.

I do enjoy the composition(s).

Excellent sharpness and blurred background(s).

You've got a winner. Congrats.

Very good collage, Monika.
all picure are very good with good details, nice colours and good POV. I like the bottom left most.
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-13 2:07]

Hello Monica!
Wonderful captures and presentation.Each of them are well seen and composed.Excellent work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-13 4:02]

Beau photo montage pour cet insecte aux belles couleurs métallisées.
Beautiful & interesting composition ! Great colors un the insect !!!

Very nice set of interesting pose's Monika! Love their metallic colors..Great details, colors - a great presentation! Great job on this!

Stunning images, great presentation, great sharpness, great note. Well done.

Zlotolitki, ze palce lizac :-) To sa niesamowite owady, znam kolonie pszczol gdzie zlotolitki pojawiaja sie rowniez co roku. Obserwowalem ich zachowania wiele razy ale jakos nie mialem okazji porobic zdjec. Twoje sa swietne. Czy moge dowiedziec sie czegos o szczegolach technicznych? No i skad tak fachowe zainteresowanie przyroda :-)

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