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Friday, July 6, 2012

Yellow - Black Potter Wasp

A Potter Wasp (Eumenes flavopicta) collecting mud for building its nest...




Sometimes it is also called as mud dauber. There is nothing wrong if it is called as an 'engineer', that much amazing is its efficiency in making mud nests in nice shapes. Potter wasps, as the name suggests, builds nests in the shape of tiny pots.


Observing these little creatures is very interesting. It takes many trips between the nest under construction and the place from where it is collecting mud. Once we spot it, the easy way to get a picture is by placing ourselves near the nest or the mud (make sure to not disturb it :) ). In these pictures the wasp was collecting mud. It  stayed there only for a few seconds and flew away, I thought it was gone, but to my surprise it arrived back again to collect mud. It repeated for about more than 5 times, and these intervals were enough to get ready to take a shot on each arrival.
Mainly three types of mud wasps are seen here - black, blue, and the one above. Among these I feel this one is more attractive due to its color.

Family : Vespidae
Scientific Name : Eumenes flavopicta

39 comments:

  1. Superb image. What a brilliantly colored wasp.

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  2. what an amazing body shape it has. we have mud daubers here, too - just built and colored a bit differently.

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  3. Boah, was für fantastische Aufnahmen. Sie schaut aber sehr gefährlich aus, habe ich bei uns noch nie gesehen, gibt es hier vielleicht auch nicht in dieser Art...

    Servus
    CL

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  4. Excellent capture of this very interesting wasp.

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  5. What a special insect you are sharing. Never saw it before. Great captured.
    Have a nice weekend Abhinav.

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  6. What an incredible photo - our mud daubers are black - not these bright colors! Just gorgeous - hope they don't sting!

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  7. What an interesting and unusual insect! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

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  8. amazing... never seen anything like this!

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  9. Beautiful captures and very interesting information. Thank you.

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  10. Smashing wasp, always working. Brilliant photos.

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  11. What a beautiful, creative shot! Wonderful colors and reflection, i like it.

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  12. i think, i have seen these wasps building nests when i was a kid. engineers indeed, hardworking engineers!!

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  13. Amazing. Beautiful macros!

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  14. Lovely and what great engineers !

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  15. Always a pleasure to visit your blog--makes the moment so pleasant!!!

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  16. Visiting your blog is a wonderful experience! Breathtaking pictures and the info shared is very interesting. :)

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  17. Hey! wonderful capture.

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  18. Awesome and great info. If you get a chance do post a pic of the mud nest :)

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  19. Excellence of colours.

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  20. Phantastic photos.

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  21. Oh! those colors are beautiful!

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  22. You attach interesting facts to your pics,i think this one stings badly-no?

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    1. I think the one which stings badly is another species which doesn't use mud to make its nest, not this potter wasp.

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  23. Oh it's lovely! These really are one of the most gorgeous creatures God ever made!:)

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  24. Awesome snaps Abhinav :)

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  25. Beautiful shots!
    Wish you a great summer.
    Mette

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  26. Te osy to ciekawe i ładne owady i do tego takie zdolne, budują z gliny gniazda. Bardzo ładne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
    These wasps are interesting and attractive to insects and such a capable, build a nest of clay. Very nice pictures. Yours.

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    E adoreii!

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    Beijocas
    Ótima Noite \º/

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  28. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  29. Beautiful post and amazing photography.

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  30. .thanks for sharing

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