potter wasp

(Subfamily Eumeninae)

               
      potter wasp (Eumeninae)
   
   
   
   
   
Size

Total Length: to ¾

   
   
    Photo by Chad & Autumn Brekke

Identification

 

 
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Larval Food

Beetle larvae, spiders, or small caterpillars, and often spring cankerworms

 
Adult Food

Flower nectar

 
Life Cycle

Females 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. They provision the pot with previously paralyzed beetle larvae, spiders, or small caterpillars, and often spring cankerworms (Paleacrita vernata). A single egg is suspended by a slender thread from the top of the side of the pot. A nest may have more than one cell. Offspring overwinter in the pot in the embryo stage. When the egg hatches the larva drops onto the food source and begins to feed. Adults emerge from the side of the pot in July of the following year.

 
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Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.


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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 wasps)

 
Subordinate Taxa

fraternal potter wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus adiabatus)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus antilope)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus catskill)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus parietum)

potter wasp (Ancistrocerus waldenii)

potter wasp (Eumenes crucifera)

potter wasp (Euodynerus foraminatus)

potter wasp (Euodynerus leucomelas)

 
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Common
Names

potter and mason wasps

potter wasps


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Wasp carrying an inch worm.

  potter wasp (Eumeninae)    

Christine


found on grill cover.

  potter wasp (Eumeninae)    

Jill


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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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Chad & Autumn Brekke
9/2/2018

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

Wasp carrying an inch worm.

potter wasp (Eumeninae)


Christine
8/10/2018

Location: Anoka County

found on grill cover.

potter wasp (Eumeninae)


Jill
6/24/2016

Location: Arden hills, MN

potter wasp (Eumeninae)


     
     
 

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