Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Potter Wasp, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 1/27/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The parasitic Potter Wasp has purple wings and get its own urn-shaped room as larvae.
Potter Wasps have nests that look like ceramic jugs or pots. They create these mud nests on twigs, branches or on the trunks of trees. The marble-sized nest has only one chamber, unlike the many chambers inside a honeybee hive. They are most active during the summer.
A female will lay just one egg inside the chamber and then place paralyzed caterpillars inside as well before sealing the nest at the opening. The parasitic wasp larva will eat the caterpillars before digging its way out of the chamber.