Chrysis mediata Linsenmaier,1951

Description and notes

Identification keys are given in Morgan (1984). General biology is given in Morgan (1984) and Falk (1991).

Distribution

This map is for Chrysis mediata agg.

Cornwall to Kent and north to Worcestershire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.There is an old record from Cumbria and recent records from south-east Ireland.

Overseas, occurs in Europe (including Norway, Sweden, Finland,The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary) and the rest of the Palaearctic, excluding Japan.

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as being scarce or threatened, although the current number of recent records indicates its status may need to be reconsidered.

Habitat

Found in the habitats of its host including sandy and clay banks, cliffs, mud and cob walls.

Flight period

May to September.

Flowers visited

Variety of open-structured flowers.

Parasites

No specific information found.

Parasitic biology

Its host is the mason wasp, Odynerus spinipes (Kunz, 1994; Linsenmaier, 1997).

Author of profile

M E Archer.