Green metallic cuckoo wasp

This little metallic cuckoo wasp (Chrysididae) was working the camas today at Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis, Oregon. I struggled for an hour to get her photo, but this was the best I could do. She had a friend that glittered iridescent blue, but I didn’t get a single shot of her. I decided photographing insects is like fishing. You can spend hours by yourself and come home with nothing, but at least you can tell magnificent tales about the one that got away.

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Green metallic cuckoo wasp. Photo by Rusty Burlew.
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Green metallic cuckoo wasp. Photo by Rusty Burlew.

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Robert
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My two favorite colors, purple and green. It is a lovely picture. Thanks for sharing.
My cherry laurels are starting to bloom. Hopefully I will see some native bees soon.

Nancy
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My total sympathy, Rusty! These little jewels love Summer Squash and my dream is to capture one inside that well of saffron light. Hasn’t happened yet, may never, but it’s worth trying. We have this kind, another in metallic apple-green, the blue ones, and a green with ivory and black striped abdomen that might have been made by Faberge. Thanks for sharing that hour of patience with us!
Nan

hgo
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Sorry but this is a cuckoo wasp, not a halictid bee.

Rusty
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Thanks for this and the subsequent information you sent me. The error has been corrected.

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