Chrysis ignita (Linnaeus,1758) iso. Morgan 1984

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.


This map includeas records for Chrysis ignita agg. In other words for all definitions of this name.

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.


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.


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.