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Wasp nest ID

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:31 pm

A bit out of focus, the nest was not in a handy place, and the cameras screen doesn't allow to see sharpnes... But anyone willing to ID the nest?
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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:18 pm

Phew.... :shock: Where was that???
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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:22 pm

In the thatch of the toilet of our rondavel in a not to be mentioned place...
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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:24 pm

:shock: Did you SEE the wasps or was it abandoned?
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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:25 pm

I wish....
It's an old nest I think.
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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:35 pm

It is either a masonry wasp but more likely a potter wasp.

They build the nest, provision it with a paralyzed insect, and then lay an egg inside of the insect and close up the nest. When the larvae emerges, it first eats the insects, and then goes through the pupa stage, before emerging from the nest as an adult.

Masonry wasps build multi cell nests, while potter wasps build single cell nests.
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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:52 pm

And why such big opening hole, Imberbe? :shock:

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Re: Wasp nest ID

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:01 pm

Because they need to fit a nice fat worm through that hole, before they close it with mud.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby arks » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:42 pm

Can anyone help with an ID of this wasp, seen at Grootkolk in KTP in February 2010? The wasps enjoyed our birdbath and also liked to drink from the end of the kitchen water spigot, climbing up into it.

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I'm impressed by the wasp's technique here, grasping the edge of the birdbath and then hanging down to reach the water.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby normana53 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:52 pm

I am no expert, but it looks like it could be Delta emarginatum the Black Mud Wasp. They get water to make mud for their nests.
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Insect: Wasps

Unread postby kjii » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:10 pm

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Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:11 pm

Nice pic!!! I wonder if it is a stinging wasp :shock:
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Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!

Unread postby kjii » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:16 pm

That wasp is quite aggressiv and stings are very painful.

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Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:17 pm

:big_eyes: I read the other day..that if you get a sting..first thing to do is tape a penny to the area. Apparently, the copper takes away the pain...
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Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:21 pm

It is one of the paper wasps.

Probably Polistes fastidiotus or one of its closely related species.
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