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 Post subject: Wasp nest ID
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:31 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Wasp nest ID
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Phew.... :shock: Where was that???

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 Post subject: Re: Wasp nest ID
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Location: Red sand, why do I keep thinking of red sand?
In the thatch of the toilet of our rondavel in a not to be mentioned place...

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

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

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 Post subject: Re: Wasp nest ID
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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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 Post subject: Re: Wasp nest ID
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And why such big opening hole, Imberbe? :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Wasp nest ID
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Because they need to fit a nice fat worm through that hole, before they close it with mud.

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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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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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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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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 Post subject: Insect: Wasps
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 Post subject: Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!
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Nice pic!!! I wonder if it is a stinging wasp :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!
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That wasp is quite aggressiv and stings are very painful.


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 Post subject: Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!
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: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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 Post subject: Re: Red wasp - specific name wanted!
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It is one of the paper wasps.

Probably Polistes fastidiotus or one of its closely related species.

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