Torymus bedeguaris (type of wasp)

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Another lucky sighting in the garden another type of Jewel wasp , very hard to notice at only a couple of mm long I need a better Macro lens….

Description
The female Torymus bedeguaris wasp measures 2.2 to5.3 mm, with an average of 4.0mm excluding ovipositor which is actually longer than her body. The male is slightly smaller at 1.8 to 4 mm. It is an attractive insect with metallic green thorax and bronzy red or green abdomen. Legs are a dull milky yellow colour.

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Habitat
Visits the galls of Cynipid wasps and also feeds on flowers such as Tansy.

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When to see it
Late summer.

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Life History
The ovipositor is so long that when the female Torymus bedeguaris lands on the gall, she can push it through the gall to deposit her eggs inside. When these hatch her larvae will parisitise the larvae of the cynipid wasps… Naturespot

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