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Potter wasp

Antepipona ceylonica


Potter Wasp, common name for a group of caterpillar-hunting wasps known for the pot-shaped mud nests built by some species. Potter wasps are also known as mason wasps. Potter wasps are medium- to large-sized wasps, 9 to 20 mm (0.35 to 0.79 in) long. They are black with white, yellow, orange, or red markings. Potter wasp adults feed on flower nectar and collect small caterpillars to feed their brood. The caterpillars are paralyzed with the wasp's sting and piled into the brood cell-that is, the compartment in which the wasp larva develops. The female wasp then lays an egg on the stored caterpillars. A spotting of a wasp carrying a caterpillar is here:


Seen at an evergreen forest situated near a river.


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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Mar 13, 2016
Submitted on Jul 5, 2016

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