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Potter Wasp ~ Critter Saturday

The best I can tell, this is a Potter Wasp on my sedum. I have several types of wasps around. The yellow bands on this makes me believe this is a potter.

All potter wasps are hunters of caterpillars. A female generally looks for abandoned nests from other types of wasps; it is easier than building one from scratch. Once a nest is obtained, she hunts down a caterpillar, stinging it only to paralyze it. She brings it back to the nest and packs it inside a cell with a fertilized egg. Once the egg hatches, the wasp larva eats away at the caterpillar, eventually killing it. The larva pupates and emerges as a winged adult. Potter Wasps are not aggressive and generally leave people alone. They may build nests close to human habitats, which could cause more encounters between people and the insect, so removing piles of wood from the exterior of the house can help prevent a population from growing uncomfortably close to high-traffic areas.

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Written by Carol DM

Enjoy nature photography. Amateur self-taught photographer and love every minute of the photos from my yard and Dustin's garden. Sunset views from my deck are very peaceful to watch, capture and share. I have two cats, Brendel and the Dude. I share both special and funny moments I capture of them with you.

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  1. Yes, our paper wasps do exactly the same thing. I sprayed a wasp with fly spray and it’s nest. I put the next into turpentine that also cleaned paint brushes and washed it down the sink with extra hot water.
    I don’t like wasps at all.

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