2019, 1st July. Val d’Arda (PC), N Italy.

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2019, 1st July. Val d’Arda (PC), N Italy.

Postby briang » 23 Sep 2020 22:12

While sorting out photos from 2019 I found some of a small chrysidid found at about 1000m on Monte Menegosa, Val d’Arda, in the N Apennines. It was seen on a small plant at the edge of a sandy slope with nesting bees and wasps. Some other species from the same site were identified on this forum last year, but the photos of this species are mostly a bit out of focus so I didn’t post them before. But I am now wondering if there is a chance of naming this one? Thanks for any feedback!
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Re: 2019, 1st July. Val d’Arda (PC), N Italy.

Postby Euchroeus » 25 Sep 2020 02:57

Super.

It's a Chrysura ignifrons, one of the most beautiful species.
Congrats!

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Re: 2019, 1st July. Val d’Arda (PC), N Italy.

Postby briang » 25 Sep 2020 09:28

Thank you very much Paolo. The specific name certainly fits the appearance! Perhaps I should have guessed?!
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Re: 2019, 1st July. Val d’Arda (PC), N Italy.

Postby Euchroeus » 25 Sep 2020 14:37

briang wrote:The specific name certainly fits the appearance! Perhaps I should have guessed?!


Latin names are sometimes very useful ;)
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Re: 2019, 1st July. Val d’Arda (PC), N Italy.

Postby briang » 25 Sep 2020 16:40

By the way, I think the plant this individual was running about on, and several others chrysidid species, might be an Aethionema or Iberis. I am trying to find out if these plants have extrafloral nectaries because that might explain why they were all so interested.
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