potter and mason wasps

(Subfamily Eumeninae)

               
Overview

Eumeninae is the subfamily of vespid wasps that includes potter and mason wasps. There are almost 3,000 species of Eumeninae worldwide, more than 260 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 34 species in Minnesota.

Most species nest in pre-existing cavities. Some build a small, mud, jug-shaped nest (pot) often on a twig. The shape of the nest is the source of the common name of this subfamily.

potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)

  Photo by Chad & Autumn Brekke
Identification

Most adults are to ¾ (10 to 20 mm) long and are black with white or yellow markings. The jaws (mandibles) are long and knife-like. The exoskeletal plate covering the middle segment of the thorax (mesoscutum) has a small projection at each rear corner. The forewings have three submarginal cells. The fourth leg segment (tibia) on the middle leg has just one spur at the tip.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)

 

Suborder:

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)

 

No Rank:

Aculeata

 

Superfamily:

Vespoidea (vespoid wasps)

 

Family:

Vespidae (wasps)

 

Subfamily:

Eumeninae (potter and mason wasps)

 
Subordinate Taxa

beloved vespid wasp (Odynerus dilectus)

black-and-white digger wasp (Euodynerus leucomelas)

Canadian potter wasp (Symmorphus canadensis)

Catskill potter wasp (Ancistrocerus catskill)

cross potter wasp (Eumenes crucifera-nearcticus)

fraternal potter wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus adiabatus)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus antilope)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus campestris)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus spinolae)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus unifasciatus)

potter wasp (Eumenes bollii)

potter wasp (Euodynerus annulatus)

potter wasp (Euodynerus boscii-molestus)

potter wasp (Euodynerus crypticus)

potter wasp (Euodynerus foraminatus)

potter wasp (Euodynerus hidalgo)

potter wasp (Leptochilus ornatus)

potter wasp (Leptochilus republicanus)

potter wasp (Parancistrocerus fulvipes)

potter wasp (Parancistrocerus leionotus)

potter wasp (Parancistrocerus pedestris)

potter wasp (Parancistrocerus pensylvanicus)

potter wasp (Parancistrocerus vagus)

potter wasp (Parazumia symmorpha)

potter wasp (Pterocheilus quinquefasciatus)

potter wasp (Stenodynerus ammonia)

potter wasp (Stenodynerus anormis)

potter wasp (Zethus spinipes spinipes)

tufted potter wasp (Symmorphus cristatus)

vertical potter wasp (Eumenes verticalis)

Walden’s potter wasp (Ancistrocerus waldenii)

wall mason wasp (Ancistrocerus parietum)

white-banded potter wasp (Ancistrocerus albophaleratus)

 
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Common
Names

potter and mason wasps

potter wasps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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found on grill cover.

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fraternal potter wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

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Published on Apr 30, 2011

Potter wasp or mason wasp belongs to the family Vespidae and subfamily Eumeninae. The name potter wasps is derived from the shape of the mud nests built by the species of Eumenes. Mud nests are made from earth and regurgitated water.

   
       

 

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Dan Engblom
9/3/2020

Location: Anoka, MN

potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)


Chad & Autumn Brekke
9/2/2018

Location: This was in our yard in Kilkenny, MN.

Wasp carrying an inch worm.

potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)


Christine
8/10/2018

Location: Anoka County

found on grill cover.

potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)


Jill
6/24/2016

Location: Arden hills, MN

potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)


     
     
 
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