Mason Wasp


Common name : Potter wasp

Scientific name : Eumeninae

Family : Vespidae

Native to : Worldwide distribution

Interesting fact : It is believed that the Native Americans might have based many of their pottery designs on the nest patterns of the potter wasp.

9-20 mm in length, the potter wasp feeds on flower nectar and also collects caterpillars so as to feed on their blood. This wasp stings its prey and paralyzes it before taking it back to its next. The female collects the caterpillars in her nest. She lays a single egg above the food provision suspended by a thread.

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