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About Trichrysis Poseidonia


A research team of the Shadpada Entomology Research Lab, Christ College, Irinjalakuda, has discovered a new species of cuckoo wasp from southern India.


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About Trichrysis poseidonia:

  • Trichrysis poseidonia is a new species of cuckoo wasp.
  • The wasp was collected from Tamil Nadu and Madayipara in Kannur, as well as from Nepal.
  • The specific name “poseidonia” is derived from Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, because the species has three sharp and pointed apical abdominal teeth reminiscent of Poseidon’s trident.
  • Cuckoo wasps are part of the Chrysididae family and are known for their kleptoparasitic behavior, stealing food from other wasps and bees similar to the cuckoo bird.
  • The Chrysididae family of wasps is more active in warm areas and is heliophilic, meaning they are more active in sunlight.
  • The Madayipara laterite plateau is rich in biodiversity and is a suitable habitat fo

March 2024