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Potter Wasp

Eumenes sp.


Black wasp strikingly patterned with white lines and dots.


Spotted resting on vegetation next to a pond.


Potter wasps are solitary mass provisioners. They build small cells in which they will lay a single egg. Then, they place a beetle larvae, spider, or caterpillar to serve as food for the single wasp larva. When the larva hatches, it feeds on the supplied prey for a few weeks before pupating. These wasps are called "potter wasps" because of the shape of the mud nests they build. It is believed that Native Americans actually based their pottery designs on potter wasp nests.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thank you Brian!

Brian38 a year ago

Great pics and info!

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.91, Long: -73.48

Spotted on Oct 11, 2017
Submitted on Oct 15, 2017

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