CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo Wasp (Chrysis sp.)
Eyecatching metallic coloring.
cuckoo wasps are parasitoids and cleptoparasites of other insects (mainly other wasps) e.g., place eggs in the unfinished or untended nest of another wasp or bee. This is similar behavior in nature to the cuckoo bird, thus the common name.
Family Chrysididae. This photo likely Subfamily Chrysidinae, Tribe Chrysidini, Chrysis sp.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: SALTBUSH (Baccharis sp.)