Potter Wasp Nest Building

Looking a little like something out of a sci-fi flick, Potter wasps are a common site in both the house and the garden. Graceful, strikingly patterned and energetic, I thought they deserved a post all of their own.

Potter wasps make their nests out of mud mixed with saliva, they then capture and paralyse other small invertebrates [usually Spiders or Caterpillars] with their sting and cram the unfortunate victims into the nests chambers along with the wasps eggs. In due course the eggs hatch and there waiting is a protein rich first meal. A bit grizzly, but fascinating eh?.

All in all an engrossing and enlightening thing to watch ... I tell ya, the more time I take; the more time it takes to take time - but it's worth it eh? ... [don't hurt yourself trying to figure that out ...lol :)]

Potter wasp Delta arcuata



Scouting the location of her nest

Beginning work

You can clearly see the mud and saliva mix she's manipulating

Taking shape - reminds me a little of a Roman amphora

The finishing touches

Laying

The egg inside all her hard work


I had originally labelled this wasp as a 'Mud daubing wasp' - however, after watching the nest take shape - it became clear that 'Potter' wasp is a more apt description ... hopefully I'll manage some pics of her returning with a caterpillar for her offspring. I'll let you know :)

Comments

  1. Fantastic Photographs!!

    They maybe grizzly, but wasps are fascinating creatures and you've captured their remarkable engineering skills.

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  2. Hey Richard - cheers for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment, appreciate the compliment - take it easy.

    Paul

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  3. Fantastic photos and a wonderful series.
    D

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  4. Nice to see Ms Wasp's fascinating body from so many angles as she potters away. Can't help but wonder what she thought of her spectator though. Great pics, as usual.

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  5. Actually, she completely ignored me - focused entirely on her work as she was. If she wondered anything at all, I imagine it was where her next caterpillar was to come from lol ...

    Cheers for the comments Holly & D :)

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  6. Both you and Jo are very talented with a camera in hand! Great pics Paul (shut eyes very quickly when spot the SPIDER)......phew

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  7. Cheers Julz - Jo has the talent, my pics only eventuate due to sheer bloody mindedness ... and luck lol :)

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