Name: Ruby-tailed Wasp
Scientific name: Chrysis ignita
Nature Stars: 60
About: Often seen on tree trunks and walls in sunny weather. The adults lay their eggs in the nests of solitary bees.
How to identify: One of a number of closely related and very similar species which can only be identified by experts.
Fantastic fact: If seen close up, this is perhaps one of the most beautiful British insects.
Photograph credit: Skol-louarn