Cuckoo wasp

Cuckoo wasp on a frangipani.Cuckoo wasp on a frangipani.

I saw this small, bright insect flitting about on the new growth of a plumeria. The cuckoo wasp gets its name from its practice of laying eggs in the nests of other wasps and bees. Once hatched, the cuckoo wasp eats the host wasp or bee larva. Then it eats the food placed in the nest for the host’s offspring. Probably not an insect to invite to your next dinner party.

For more information about cuckoo wasps, go to bugguide.net/node/view/6946.