Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve


Insects of Cedar Creek

Order HYMENOPTERA

Family CHRYSIDIDAE

(Cuckoo Wasps)

(Table of Species)

The Cuckoo Wasps (227 NA spp) are medium-sized, often metallic green species with sculptured thorax and ventrally concave abdomen. They roll into a tight ball when disturbed or attacked. Many are parasitic on bee or wasp larvae, some attack Symphyta larvae, and one attacks Phasmid eggs. Most occur in woodlands. Perhaps 15 species in the genera Chrysis, Elampus, Omalus, Holopyga, Muesbeckidium, Hedychrum, Chrysura, Trichrysis, and Parnopes have been collected.


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