Animal Species:Potter wasps

The potter wasps are closely related to the paper wasps. However, potter wasps do not form colonies.

Potter Wasp

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Potter wasps

Size range

1.5 cm

Distribution

Potter wasps are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

Potter wasps live in woodlands, heath and urban areas.

Feeding and Diet

Potter wasps are solitary, and feed on flower nectar and hunt caterpillars to feed their larvae.

Life cycle

Potter wasps make mud nests for their eggs and larvae or use abandoned burrows of other insects. They stock the nests with caterpillars and other grubs, which they seal in with mud. These are eaten alive by the wasp larvae.

Danger to humans and first aid

Potter wasps have the potential to deliver painful stings, but are not aggressive and rarely attack humans. An ice pack may be used to relieve the pain of the sting. If there is evidence of an allergic reaction, medical attention should be sought.

Classification

Genus:
Paralastor
Subfamily:
Eumeninae
Family:
Vespidae
Superfamily:
Vespoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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