Chrysis bicolor (Lepeletier, 1805)

Description and notes

Identification key and general biology are given in Morgan (1984). Kunz (1994) considers C. bicolor and C. illigeri (Wesmael 1839) to be the same species. Morgan (1984), however, separates these two names.



Only recorded from Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Overseas, the wasp occurs throughout northern, middle and eastern Europe (including Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Hungary).

Status (in Britain only)

This species is not regarded as scarce or threatened.


Associated with open sandy habitats such as coastal sand dunes and commons.

Flight period

From the very few available records, it has been recorded during July and August and once during October.

Flowers visited

Wild carrot.

Parasitic biology

The host is unknown.

Author of profile

M E Archer.