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Potter wasps

Potter wasps love the seclusion of the little wooden enclosure where the swimming pool pump is housed.  They’ve obviously got a route sorted out for making their multiple journeys carrying in mud with their mouths and front legs.

This is a photo of 2 single nests, fixed to the inside of the pump house lid:

‘Pot’ nests of a potter wasp

This is a triple-chamber nest, on the back wall of the pump house:

Triple nest of a potter wasp

This is a multiple chamber nest fixed to the corrugated plastic duct in the pump house:

Potter wasp nest on a corrugated cable

And this is one I did earlier!

2 dead potter wasps and the nests they emerged from

It’s a nest I picked off a corrugated duct last year in the interests of science and put in a jar. I had some idea that when the wasps emerged I would realise and let them out, but of course I didn’t, and they died in there.

The wasps’ desiccated bodies are still recognisable, and show clearly the extreme ‘wasp waist’ which is little more than a thread between thorax and abdomen.

You can also see the grub which the mother wasp paralysed to serve as a food source for her offspring. It’s just a shell now, peeping out of one of the chambers.

  1. July 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    excellent photography, lucky you to have a swimming pool – I wish ………..

    • Damaris
      July 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it is nice, and swimming’s the best sort of exercise.

  1. July 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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