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Potter wasp (<em>Eumenes</em>)
08-OCT-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Potter wasp (Eumenes)

These wasps are quite common again in late summer through to fall. You'll notice them in spring as well, then there is a hiatus before the second generation appears. As their name suggests, these wasps build pots in which to lay their eggs. They are beautifully crafted and many look very much like miniature clay pots a human might make. QUite ingenious. Here is a link to some potter wasp pots: http://www.pbase.com/laroseforest/image/136651015. Unfortunately, these were already beginning to crumble by the time I found them.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/1250s f/2.8 at 5.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Torben Jorgensen13-Oct-2012 10:28
Excellent capture of the beautiful Wasp. v
Karen Stuebing10-Oct-2012 22:20
I have seen those nests and wondered what they were. An odd looking wasp beautifully photographed. V.
Hank Vander Velde10-Oct-2012 16:21
Super shot and info Christine. Thanks for the link too. An other eye-opener for me.
Mildred Alpern10-Oct-2012 16:18
Very skilled craftsperson, quite an accomplishment.
Jim Coffman10-Oct-2012 12:09
Amazing detail in this one,Christine..
burtmann10-Oct-2012 11:31
Enjoy both the image and the narrative. v
Colin Storey10-Oct-2012 10:02
Fantastic detailed macro of it. v
Irene Wehrli10-Oct-2012 09:23
This truly is an interesting insect Christine - never saw one here around...
Incredible macro!
Irene
Linda Johansson10-Oct-2012 06:21
What incredible insects you find Christine! Absolutely amazing picture! V
Ali Majdfar10-Oct-2012 05:28
Superb macro! ~V
joseantonio10-Oct-2012 04:17
Great find and details...V.
Ann Pettigrew10-Oct-2012 02:30
The sun must have warmed this wasp up! Not much flying here with the cold air and clouds. Beautiful detail, Christine.
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