Blue-green & red Chrysis, N Italy

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Blue-green & red Chrysis, N Italy

Postby briang » 22 Jul 2020 22:49

4-16 July, 2020. Val d’Arda, PC, Apennines, N Italy. I’ve been lucky with getting Chrysidids identified lately; this one looks a bit more ‘average’ so perhaps difficult? Head and thorax blue-green, sometimes looking all blue, sometimes more green in parts, eg. scutellum. I thought at first these might be two different species but I’m almost convinced they are one. Apical rim of T3 blue with four low rounded bumps. To confuse things there was one similar wasp with strong points on T3 apical rim; I don’t know if this is a different sex or different species (last image). All help gratefully received!
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Re: Blue-green & red Chrysis, N Italy

Postby Alex » 24 Jul 2020 13:52

first one should be a male Chrysis analis, the last one a male Chrysis sexdentata
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Re: Blue-green & red Chrysis, N Italy

Postby briang » 24 Jul 2020 15:27

Alex, once again, thank you very much for taking time to respond. After a bit more research I was just thinking the first should be graelsii, so great to get a correct ID. And a sexdentata. That’s four species coming to check out sleeping places in an area about 50 x 50 cms! (The 4th being a scutellaris, which I think I can ID after advice here last year). Your help is much appreciated.
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