potter and mason wasps

(Subfamily Eumeninae)

Overview
potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)
Photo by Chad & Autumn Brekke
 

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 one of the common names of this subfamily. Most North American Eumeninae are potter wasps. Mason wasps are most common in South America, though they also occur in Africa, Southeast Asia, and North America. At least six mason wasp species occur in Minnesota.

     
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
  7/29/2021      
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)  
 

Suborder

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)  
  No Rank Aculeata (ants, bees and stinging wasps)  
 

Superfamily

Vespoidea (vespoid wasps)  
 

Family

Vespidae (wasps)  
 

Subfamily

Eumeninae (potter and mason wasps)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

mason and potter wasps (Ancistrocerus spp.)

mason wasp (Zethus spp.)

potter wasp (Eumenes spp.)

potter wasp (Euodynerus spp.)

potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

potter wasp (Odynerus spp.)

potter wasp (Parancistrocerus spp.)

potter wasp (Parazumia spp.)

potter wasp (Pterocheilus spp.)

potter wasp (Stenodynerus spp.)

potter wasp (Symmorphus spp.)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

potter and mason wasps

potter wasps

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Wasp carrying an inch worm.

 
    potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)      
 

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found on grill cover.

 
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About

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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  Chelsey Carlson
7/19/2021

Location: Grand Rapids, MN

potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae)  
  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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