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NH1016: Ruby-Tailed Wasp Chrysis ignita (Linnaeus 1758) Hymenoptera family Chrysididae.The metallic shining coloration is an interference effect caused by the microscopically sculptured surface of the exoskeleton. This parasitoid or cleptoparasitic wasp can be seen lurking around old walls waiting for the opportunity to lay its eggs in the nests of Mason wasps.

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