These beautiful wasps, as the name “cuckoo” suggests, attack the nests of other wasps and bees. Cuckoo wasps have a greatly reduced stinger, so will not sting when handled. As a defense strategy, these wasps roll up into the concave underside of their abdomen, thus protecting themselves from attack. They are rather common visitors of flowers, but can also be found flying close to the ground in open areas looking for the nests of their hosts.

Cuckoo Wasp