Chrysis ignita (Linnaeus,1758)

Description and notes

Considerable disagreement exists regarding the definition of this name. Linsenmaier (1997), Kunz (1994) and Morgan (1984) all treat it differently. Here it is meant in the sense given by Morgan (1984). See Archer (2003) for discussion of this problem.

  • Photo by John Vallender
    Chrysis species within the C. ignita complex.
  • Photo by Jeremy Early
    Female Chrysis ignita at Ancistrocerus trifasciatus nest site, Reigate, Surrey
  • Photo by Louise Hislop
    Chrysis ignita group female cleaning antennae. Wylam, Northumberland. 16/8/08
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    Chrysis ignita Sensu Stricto, Denny Wood, New Forest
  • Photo by (C) Josef Dvorak www.biolib.cz for BWARS
    Chrysis ignita
  • Photo by John Vallender
    Chrysis species within the C. ignita complex.
  • Photo by Louise Hislop
    Chrysis ignita group female resting in sun beside solitary bee nest tubes. Wylam, Northumberland. 8/8/10
  • Photo by (C) Josef Dvorak www.biolib.cz for BWARS
    Chrysis ignita
  • Photo by John Vallender
    Chrysis species within the C. ignita complex.
  • Photo by Nigel Jones
    Chrysis species within the C. ignita complex. Female rolled up in defensive posture.
  Pre 1980   1980-99   2000 and later

The following datasets are included:

  • Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society - Trial Dataset

Distribution

Throughout England,Wales, Scotland and Ireland but not found on the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Recorded from the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.

Probably throughout Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, although which putative species is referred to is not always clear.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened.

Habitat

Found around walls, quarry and bare cliff faces and at dead wood in sunny situations where their hosts are likely to occur.

Flight period

May to October.

Flowers visited

Found on angelica and other flowers.

Parasites

No specific information found.

Parasitic biology

Its host is probably a eumenine wasp. Morgan (1984) give Ancistrocerus parietum and A.scoticus.

Author of profile

M E Archer.