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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Potter wasps can sting but are not aggressive and do not defend their nests. They use caterpillars as a host which they collect and place in brood pots created from mud.  Natural biocontrol at its best.

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-30_potter_wasp_eumenes.htm

Photos of nest pots: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/potter-wasp-eumenes-fraternus/

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/ooops-anatomy-of-a-potter-wasp-nest/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ichneumon Wasp (Anomalon sp.)

Apparently these wasps are difficult to identify down to species and since they are miniscule I can understand why.  A. ejuncidum is the only species listed by The University of Florida’s Natural Area Teaching Laboratory

Parasites of the larva of Coleoptera (beetles) and possibly Lepidoptera (butterfly/moth)

Learn: http://natl.ifas.ufl.edu/biota/ichneumon_wasps.php

Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/348341

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BEGGARTICKS; ROMERILLO; SPANISH NEEDLES (Bidens alba)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/balance-in-the-garden-ichneumon-parasitic-wasp/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium)

As name implies, they make their nests out of mud and lay their eggs on spiders. adults take nectar.

Learn: http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio210/s2012/bain_mega/Index.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
This Cuckoos Offspring Depend on a Mud Dauber Wasp
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/this-cuckoos-offspring-depend-on-a-mud-dauber-wasp/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-marked Pachodynerus Mason Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis)

Use caterpillars as larval hosts including many pest species. a.k.a. Red and Black Mason Wasp

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-39_red_and_black_mason_wasp.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PAINTEDLEAF; FIRE-ON-THE-MOUNTAIN (Poinsettia cyathophora)

My take: Spring Nesting Season Isnt Just for Birds
http://web.archive.org/web/20120324223447/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/nesting-season-isnt-just-for-birds.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mason Wasp (Zethus slossonae)

This species is endemic to central/south Florida. “Zethus use either abandoned burrows of other insects or build nests from vegetable matter and resin.” source: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/10550/139591/ent153.pdf

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in725

Larval host: caterpillars particularly Geometrid Moths (Geometridae) and Twirler Moths and kin (Gelechioidea).

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CORAL HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens)

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