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November 2008 - Potter Wasp
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Potter Wasp
Potter Wasp

Around the world there are 3,000 species of Potter Wasps including hundreds in Canada and the United States.

Potter Wasps are solitary creatures. They prey on other insects and spiders by injecting them with a venom, and then feed their prey to their young. Adults feed on nectar as shown here.

 
Potter Wasp
Like all wasps and bees they have a very narrow waist which you can clearly see in these two photographs.

One of the most fascinating features of Potter Wasps is the fact that they build small nests of mud which resemble pots or jugs. This explains their interesting common name.
 
To learn more about wasps and bees, check out these links at the Inn:

Visual Bug Guide | At A Glance Guide to Bees and Wasps

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