Chalcid Wasp Genus Conura  
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
This very little yellow wasp with black marks was darting from flower to flower on my Firebush. Any time I see a new wasp-like bug, I'm suspicious. I have a lot of butterfly plants, and they attract butterflies. The butterflies draw butterfly predators. These wasps probably spell doom for some of my butterflies.
Small yellow wasp with black lines, Chalcid Wasp, Butterfly predator
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
I haven't figured out which creature it lays eggs in yet, but it reminds me of a black and white Chalcid wasp that parasitizes my Zebra Longwing Butterflies.
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
Yellow Chalcid wasp, genus conura, on Firebush
Small yellow wasp with black lines, Chalcid Wasp, standing on a red Firebush flower
Small yellow wasp with black lines, Chalcid Wasp, Butterfly predator
I've looked at the Firebush now and then over several weeks, and there are either more of these tiny wasps, or I've gotten better at spotting them. They're really quick, and dart about so fast that it's easy to loose track of them when they fly to a different flower. They prefer the little nubs left behind after the flowers fall. I sent one to Bug Guide, and they say that it's in the genus Conura.
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