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.

Adults pollinate

Family Chrysididae. This photo likely Subfamily Chrysidinae, Tribe Chrysidini, Chrysis sp.


Shown on Florida Native Plant: SALTBUSH (Baccharis sp.)


  1. Beautiful! I just discovered your blog. I reside in Clayton NY on the St. Lawrence River but have become the dreaded snowbird – I love Cedar Key. I am passionate about learning native plants and planting for wildlife. I hope to visit often and learn. This wasp is beautiful! Thank you for the introduction and I love that you’ve included the plant she is photographed upon.

    • Loret said:

      Kathy, if you are so inclined, be sure to follow my “What Fl Native Plant is blooming Today”, the link is on the home page of this one. I post about 4 days a week (give or take). The plants are all on my property so doesn’t cover all of FL flora, but I post a link to more information about the plant, usually the planting conditions, and a second link to the county in FL where it can be found. Most posts are brief, less than 30 second read (or at least I try to make them brief).

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Carol! They are pretty. You can’t miss them in the garden, that blue is eyecatching for sure

  2. Very nice photo. I know ABOUT cuckoo wasps, but I haven’t learned how to identify them yet. The more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn!

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Cynthia, they are a hard group to i.d. and I pretty much just leave it at Genus. Maybe one day I will delve in further. We are all learning, day by day. I find new critters in my yard at least weekly, sometimes daily. Amazing

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