My highlight as always goes to the ruby tailed wasp

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You can not fail but to think this is beautiful

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Probably the best behaved ruby wasp for the camera

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The glittering, metallic Ruby-tailed Wasp is one of many species of solitary bee and wasp that can be spotted in a number of habitats from walls to sandy quarries, rocky outcrops to tree trunks. These insects do not live in colonies like Honey Bees; instead the female builds a nest by herself, stocks it with pollen and lays an egg within each cell she has created. However, the adults of the Ruby-tailed Wasp are a little lazier: the females actually lay their eggs in the nests of other solitary bees and wasps, especially Mason Bees. When the eggs hatch, they eat the larvae of the Mason Bees and develop – this gives the Ruby-tailed Wasp its other name of ‘Cuckoo Wasp’.

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2 thoughts on “My highlight as always goes to the ruby tailed wasp

    • if you have a good population of bees you should also find a population of either cockoo bees or wasps that accompany that type of bee 🙂

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