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Chrysidid Wonderland III – Chrysis purpurata

Today, another female Chrysis cuckoo wasp. This is Chrysis purpurata, formerly in the genus Euchroeus. The large genus Chrysis seems to contain many of the most splendid species, although every member of the Chrysididae is eye-popping. Hey, too many of these … Continue reading

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Chrysidid Wonderland Part II – Chrysis ignita

Another cuckoo-wasp beauty. No new info – just enjoy the gallery! ————————————————– The pictured specimen [BMNH(E)1015084] is the property of the Natural History Museum, London (BMNNH). Images in the above post are copyright © Z. Lieberman 2012. Please see bottom … Continue reading

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Chrysidid Wonderland: Part 1 – Chrysis ehrenbergi

The chrysidids are a large family of wasps, with around 3,000 species. Many are brilliantly metallic, with psychedelic patterns and intensely sculptured exoskeletons. Because they are all so strikingly beautiful, we’ve imaged quite a few, and rest assured – they’ll … Continue reading

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Lirata alta – Another American Ant-eater

Tonight we present another Neotropical eucharitid. A bit more understated than the iridescent Kapala splendens, but beautiful regardless. See the previous post for notes and references on the biology of the family. Remember to view full-size for the best detail! … Continue reading

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Splendid and Pleasing: Kapala splendens; Eucharitidae

Today’s offering is the spectacular Kapala splendens, a Neotropical eucharitine wasp. Some notes on the boggling biology of these precocious parasitoids, a small gallery of images, and – of course – some tasty references. Remember to view the full-size photos … Continue reading

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