Rare discovery of Ruby-tailed wasp at Berry Head National Nature Reserve

A rare sighting of a ruby-tailed wasp was recently captured on camera within the National Nature Reserve at Berry Head in Brixham, Devon.

This remarkable find is causing quite a buzz among nature enthusiasts as the ruby-tailed wasp is one of the United Kingdom’s most stunning insects.

The Ruby-tailed wasp, scientifically known as Chrysis ignita agg, may be a tad deceptive in name, as its head and thorax shimmer with a blue-green hue. What earns the species’ its name is its deep ruby-red abdomen. Despite its dazzling appearance the ruby-tailed wasp can sting but its sting is non-venomous.

The photograph capturing the beauty of the ruby-tailed wasp was taken by Bill Coulson, who has a keen eye for detail.

Berry Head is one of Torbay’s most special heritage sites being designated a Special Area of Conservation, National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest with a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Residing within the area is also a guillemot colony that is protected by the only Area of Special Protection in the UK.

This reserve is a testament to the dedicated efforts of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, an independent charity that cares for 1,700 acres of Torbay’s green spaces including Berry Head and Cockington Country Park. Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust are committed to preserving Torbay’s stunning landscape for future generations to enjoy.

“The discovery of the ruby-tailed wasp at Berry Head National Nature Reserve serves as a reminder of the fascinating wildlife that can be discovered in Torbay. This find also highlights the importance of protecting and conserving these habitats as wasps, along with other often overlooked insects, play an important role in pollination,” said Chris Lingard, Countryside Manager at Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.

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