New wasp species found in Netherlands

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A Rubytail Wasp, family of the new wasp species found in the Netherlands in June 2015 (Photo: Sandy Rae/Wikimedia Commons). (A Rubytail Wasp, family of the new wasp species found in the Netherlands in June 2015 (Photo: Sandy Rae/Wikimedia Commons))

A new wasp species was discovered in the Weerterbos in Limburg in June this year, the EIS Kennisscentrum Insecten announced on Monday, NU reports.

The new species is called Chrysis equestris, also known as a gold wasp. It is often metallic-green, red and blue in cover. This species belong to the so-called cuckoo wasps, because they parasitize on bees and other wasps.

In total there are 57 types of gold wasps known in the Netherlands.

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