British Wildlife 27.2 December 2015

The Heath Potter Wasp: a detailed study

After six years of close observation, the author is able to paint a detailed picture of the engineering skills of this solitary wasp. 

The Heath Potter Wasp Eumenes coarctatus is a fascinating inhabitant of heathlands in southern England. It belongs to the solitary-wasp family Eumenidae, all of which use mud to construct their nests. Of the 21 species currently resident in Britain, this is the only one that constructs beautiful clay pot nests attached to vegetation. 

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