Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758


Database of the Italian Chrysididae

Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758

Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758
Chorology: Palearctic
Chorology: Palearctic
Italian distribution of Chrysis ignita
Italian distribution

Systematic position of Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758

Subfamily & Tribe Chrysidinae (Chrysidini) Size (mm)
Size (mm):
Genus & species Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758
Species group ignita
Original combination Sphex ignita Linnaeus, 1758
Type series Lectotypus ♀ des. by Day, 1979 (Mus.: London)
Original description S. glabra nitida, thorace viridi, abdomine aureo: apice quadridentato.
Habitat in muris Europae.

Photo of the type
Synonyms and subspecies  
Systematic notes varieties: brevidens, curvidens, infuscata, uncifera

Geographic distribution of Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758

World distribution

Type locality Europe
Kimsey & Bohart Palaearctic (Europe, Britain, Germany, Canarie, Italy, Algeria, URSS, Japan)
Linsenmaier Europe, N Africa, W Asia
Other Authors Palaearctic Region, India. Malta (Strumia, 1981)
Chorology Palearctic
Distribution notes  

Geographic distribution of Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758

Italian distribution according to the Checklist of the species of the Italian Fauna

Macroregion North (N): South (S): Sicily (Si): Sardinia (Sa):

Italian distribution by Administrative Region (Personal evidences, Literature records and other sources)

Adm. Region Literature records FEI records Personal records
Piemonte|Piedmont Buysson, 1890 (as ignita brevidens and ignita uncifera); Zavattari, 1911; Invrea, 1922 (as ignita, ignita brevidens and ignita curvidens; on telegraphic poles, on palissades, flowers of umbrellifers and of Sedum and on bushes of Rosa infested by aphids); Rosa, 2002a, b, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Valle d Aosta|Aosta V. Micheli, 1930; Guiglia, 1932; Invrea, 1941 (from nests of Odynerus oviventris); Strumia, 1990, 2005; Rosa, 2002c, 2005a, 2006a, 2006b;
Lombardia|Lombardy Rosa, 2002a, 2002b, 2005a; Strumia, 2002, 2005;
Trentino Alto Adige Cobelli, 1903; Grandi, 1954; Marcuzzi, 1956; Bonelli, 1966 (as ignita brevidens); Erlandsson, 1972; Rosa, 2005a, 2006b; Strumia, 2005;
Veneto Giordani Soika, 1932 (parasitoid of Eumenes pomiformis and Odynerus (Ancistrocerus) parietum); Strumia, 1990, 2005; Rosa, 2005a, 2006b
Friuli V.G. Graffe, 1895; Ducke, 1901; Kusdas, 1958; Kusdas & Thurner, 1958; Strumia, 2005;
Liguria Scopoli, 1763 (as Sphex ignitus); Spinola, 1806; Mantero, 1899 (as ignita infuscata); Rosa, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Emilia Romagna Grandi, 1927, 1935, 1954 (as ignita brevidens), 1962; Roberti, Frilli & Pizzaghi, 1965; Zangheri, 1969 (as ignita brevidens); Rosa, 2005a, 2005b, 2006b; Strumia, 2005;
Toscana|Tuscany Rossi, 1790; Contarini, 1843; Buysson, 1890; Mantero, 1905 (as ignita infuscata and ignita uncifera); Grandi, 1929, 1936, 1954; Strumia, 1990, 1995 (ypt), 2002, 2005; Rosa, 2005a, 2006b; Strumia, 2005;
Umbria Rosal 2005a;
Marche Erlandsson, 1972;
Lazio Lepri, 1911 (as ignita uncifera); Strumia, 1990, 1996, 2005; Rosa, 2005;
Abruzzo Zavattari, 1915; Grandi, 1957; Erlandsson, 1972; Rosa, 2004, 2006b; Strumia, 2005;
Campania Buysson, 1890; Costa, 1858;
Basilicata Strumia, 2005;
Calabria Costa, 1882; Invrea, 1933 (as ignita brevidens); Strumia, 2005;
Sicilia|Sicily Ghiliani, 1843; Sichel, 1860; De Stefani, 1888; Buysson, 1890; Strumia, 2005;
Sardegna|Sardinia Costa, 1883; Mantero, 1905a (as ignita infuscata and ignita uncifera); Invrea, 1952; Rosa, 2005a; Strumia, 2005;
Distribution notes

Biology of Chrysis ignita Linnaeus, 1758

Known Hosts

Vespidae   Vespa rufa (Berland & Bernard, 1938)
Eumenidae   Eumenes pomiformis and Odynerus (Ancistrocerus) parietum (Giordani Soika, 1932); from nests of Odynerus oviventris (Invrea, 1941); Eumenes unguiculata, E. coarctata, E. pomiformis, Symmorphus murarius, S. sinuatus, S. crassicornis, Ancistrocerus parietum, A. pictus, A. antilope, A. callosus, A. bifasciatus, Odynerus spinipes, O. parietum, O. laevipes (Berland & Bernard, 1938). Odynerus nigricornis (Linsenmaier, 1959), Euodynerus posticus in canne di Arundo phragmites (Grandi, 1961), Odynerus, Eumenes (Linsenmaier, 1969), Ancistrocerus parietum, A. scoticus (Morgan, 1984), Ancistrocerus trifasciatus (Petit, 1987), Symmorphus bifasciatus, Ancistrocerus gazella (Witt, 1998)
Sphecidae Trypoxylon figulus, Philanthus triangulum, Cerceris ornata (Berland & Bernard, 1938)
Colletidae   Colletes davesianus (Berland & Bernard, 1938)
Megachilidae   Osmia emarginata, O. caementaria, O. bicornis, Chelostoma florisomne (Berland & Bernard, 1938), Osmia rufa (Linsenmaier, 1959)
Notes on Hosts

Known Habitat

Habitat max. altitude: Trentino 1200 mts (Bonelli, 1966); old wood and poles (Invrea, 1920); on telegraphic poles and palissades (Invrea, 1922)
Plants for rest/refuge Ficus and Myrtus infested, Euphorbia (Invrea, 1920); flowers of umbrellifers and of Sedum and on bushes of Rosa infested by aphids (Invrea, 1922); infested leaves of Pyrus communis and Prunus laurocerasus, flowers of Tanacetum vulgare and of Angelica sylvestris (Petit, 1987); in holes of telegraphic poles (Invrea, 1920); in branches of Arundo phragmites (Grandi, 1961)
Biological notes  

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