Sunday 24 November 2013

Ruby-Tailed Wasp

One of my favourite insects is the Ruby-Tailed Wasp (Chrysis ignita). They're only small (approx 10mm) and if the sun isn't shining on them they look like a fairly mundane small, dark hoverfly, but a closer look in sunshine (or flash) reveals them to be incredibly colourful and jewel-like. 

I only tend to see them once or twice a year and they are very difficult to photograph as they are highly active, rarely pausing at all. However, one evening in early August I found one in my conservatory and it let me photograph it in my garden for a few seconds (literally!) before it flew off. I managed the following 2 images:


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