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  Mason wasp (Vespidae family sp2)





Mason wasp | Vespidae family sp2 photo
wasp photographed on garbage bin

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Mason wasp | Vespidae family sp2 photo
Eumeninae wasp

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



MASON WASP FACTS

Identification
This Mason Wasp from the Eumeninae subfamily of the Vespidae family is a large black and orange wasp. The head and thorax are mostly black with dimpled texture. There is a yellow banana shaped marking on the face and a yellow spot between the antenna. There are also yellow markings on the front of the thorax behind the head. The wings are folded longitudinally at rest.

Size
20mm

Habitat
this wasp was seen in suburban garden

Food
pollen and nectar

Breeding
Potter wasps are predators. When their nest cell is built they collect prey and paralyze them before depositing them in the cell as food for the wasp larva that emerges from the single egg.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Vespidae
Genus:Vespidae family
Species:sp2
Common Name:Mason wasp