Potter Wasp (Eumeninae, Vespidae) Nest

The name “potter wasp” derives from the shape of the mud nests built by Eumenes species wasps and similar genera.

Eggs are attached to the top inner surface of the cell before the nest is provisioned with food (stung, paralysed caterpillars and beetle larvae) and sealed. The hatched wasp grubs feed on these living prey. This nest was about 10mm round and attached to the underside of a leaf.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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– Busy as a bee –

More specifically a potter wasp (Eumeninae, Phimenes), also known as a mason wasp. These beauties get their name from the shape of the mud nests they build. Potter wasps usually use a mud made of a mixture of soil and regurgitated water to construct their homes. However, many species use chewed plant materials, instead. I also read that apparently it is believed that Native Americans based their pottery designs upon the form of local potter wasp nests. Is this true?

Habitat: Subtropical mountainous area, dense brush and trees

Location: New Taipei, Taiwan

by Wesley Oosthuizen