Subject: Blue/Green Wasp?
Location: Nicholasville, KY
August 5, 2014 10:11 am
Found this little beauty in our warehouse. It has a blue-green iridescent exoskeleton and flies really quickly, but not much range. I was able to catch it without much damage. As you can see, it has a wicked stinger/proboscus with an alarming extension for its size! I got a couple of close-up images while holding it with tweezers. Any ideas on identification?
This lovely wasp is a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae, and despite its fearsome looking stinger, it is not an aggressive species and it is not known to sting humans. According to BugGuide: “The female sting has been modified into an egg-laying tube with highly reduced valvulae and poison gland. As a result, unlike most other aculeates, chrysidids cannot sting and can be easily handled.”