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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Chrysis illgeri - A ruby-tail wasp

Range & Status

Found in sandy habitats such as lowland heathland, coastal sand dunes, gravel and sand pits. It is a parasitiod on the wasp Tachysphex piliformis and occurs along the south coast from Cornwall to Kent and north to Leicestershire and west Norfolk. It is a rare species in Cornwall with several older records and only three post-1980 records from Porthcurno ' facing the Logan Rock' by Spooner, and more recently from Carn Barrow near Cadgwith (2002) and North Quay, Hayle (2005).


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.