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Halictide in Mostly Blue?
Location: Paulding County Georgia
November 18, 2010 2:56 pm
This is a most enchantingly beautiful insect, I noticed you only have photos of green sweat bees, thought you would like one in blue. Took this photo yesterday. Found it on some pepper plants that I brought into the house a few weeks ago.
Signature: Tweakie Molinari

Cuckoo Wasp

Hi Tweakie,
Thanks so much for your wonderful image of a Sweat Bee.

Dear Mr. Marlos:
You are most welcome!  It had a little stinger which is not visible on the photo.  Love your website thank you so much for all your work.

Correction courtesy of John Ascher
April 22, 2012
Chrysidinae not bee!

Cuckoo Wasp?
Dear Bugman,
I think I have a Cuckoo Wasp in my garden but I’m not sure. I’ve seen it on my flowering Sedum for the last few days. Collecting honey I guess along with many honey bees. I live in the southwest of Western Australia. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this bug…totally blown away by its amazing colours!
Julia Parkes

Hi Julia,
Thank you for sending in your beautiful image of a gorgeous Cuckoo Wasp. The Geocities website has some additional photos of Australian specimens.

Cuckoo wasp?
Hi – found this bug on our tent while camping in south-central Wisconsin. I searched your site and think this might be a Cuckoo wasp? Just wondered if it is and if not, what is it? Sure is beautiful. As always – I love your site and visit it often. I have a link to it on my own blog and always tell my friends about it – fantastic resource. Thanks!
Ann Graf

Hi Ann,
This is a marvelous image of a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae.

What kind of bee is this?
This picture was tooken in Russell Springs, Kentucky at our family cabin. And no one had seen this kind of bee there before, What kind is it? can someone tell us?
Thank you
Tina M. Huckaby

Hi Tina,
We contacted Eric Eaton who wrote back that this metallic wasp: “is actually a cuckoo wasp (Chrysididae), probably in the genus Chrysis. They do not sting, and in fact roll up in a ball as a defense if they are molested.”

Strange flying insect
Your site is incredible, I’m enjoying it immensely. While I don’t normally have trouble identifying the bugs I find, this one’s really stumping me. It flew into my office here in Brisbane, Australia, and most closely resembles a wasp. It had large wasp-like mandibles, and held its wings like a wasp, but the colour was breathtaking. This irridescent green would turn blue depending on the light, and after taking several photos I let him go and it was like watching a sapphire soar into the sky. If you could help identify it I’d be very happy. I have images of more Australian insects here:

Hi Lawrence,
Your beauty is a Cuckoo Wasp, in the family Chrysididae. Cuckoo Wasps get their name because they parasitize the nests of other wasps and do not build their own nest.

Cuckoo Wasp

Hi Timothy,
We wanted Eric Eaton to concisely clarify the difference between Cuckoo Wasps and Sweat Bees. Here is what he wrote: “Well, actually, this is a cuckoo wasp (Chrysididae). It IS hard to tell the difference:-) You might note how the abdominal segments are unequal in length in many of the chrysidids, and the sculpturing on the thorax is generally much more coarse than it is in metallic sweat bees. Further, you don’t often see chrysidids on flowers. The are more often around aphid colonies, and old barns and such. Hope that helps a little. Eric”