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  Potter Wasp (Paralastor sp)





Potter Wasp | Paralastor sp photo
A number of these Potter wasps used to rest at night on a pot plant hanging in our verandah.

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Potter Wasp | Paralastor sp photo
Potter wasp

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

Potter Wasp | Paralastor sp photo
Potter wasp

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

Potter Wasp | Paralastor sp photo
Potter wasp

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

Potter Wasp | Paralastor sp photo
Potter wasp

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



POTTER WASP FACTS

Identification
Potter Wasps are solitary wasps related to the paper wasps. They build mud nests which they stock with caterpillars and grubs as food for the larvae. When the egg is laid they seal the entrance with mud.

Size
12mm

Habitat
Woodlands, heath and urban.

Food
Potter Wasps feed on flower nectar and hunt caterpillars to feed their larvae.

Range
Throughout Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Vespidae
Genus:Paralastor
Species:sp
Common Name:Potter Wasp