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Cuckoo Wasps

Cuckoo Wasps stands out clearly in sunlight with their iridescent blues, blacks, and various metallic colouration.

Wasps Bushland Heathland Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Not known

Scientific Name: family Chrysididae

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: Cuckoo Wasps frequently visit home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Inside nests of other wasps and bees

Diet: Nectar and pollen

Water: Shallow bird baths

ReWild Benefit: Pollination

ReWild Benefits

Cuckoo Wasps are not aggressive, but some species will sting if handled. Native wasps are critical in sustaining local biodiversity as they can pollinate a greater variety of native plants compared to honeybees. If you see this busy bee in your backyard, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia.

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