Potter Wasps


Description Potter Wasps are solitary wasps related to the paper wasps. They build mud nests which they stock with caterpillars and grubs as food for the larvae. When the egg is laid they seal the entrance with mud. Size ia arounf 12mm, their habitat isWoodlands, heath and urban. Potter Wasps feed on flower nectar and [...]



Description The organ pipe mud dauber, one of many mud daubers in the family Crabronidae, as the name implies, builds nests in the shape of a cylindrical tube resembling an organ pipe or pan flute. Organ-pipe mud daubers build their very distinctive and elegant tubes on vertical or horizontal faces of walls, cliffs, bridges, overhangs [...]

Ichneumon Wasps


Description The superfamily Ichneumonoidea has been estimated to contain well over 80,000 different species. The ichneumon wasps are more familiar to non-entomologists, being larger and about three times as diverse as the braconids. They are solitary insects, and most are parasitoids; the larvae feed on or in another insect which finally dies. Being in the [...]

Flower Wasps


Description The Tiphiidae (also known as the tiphiid wasps or, rarely, flower wasps) are a family of large solitary wasps whose larvae are almost universally parasitoids of various beetle larvae, especially those in the superfamily Scarabaeoidea. Most species are small, but they can be up to 30 mm long. The females of some subfamilies (all [...]

Braconid Wasps


Description The Braconidae is a large family of parasitoid wasps. There are approximately 17,000 recognized species and many thousands more undescribed. One analysis estimated a total between about 30,000 and 50,000, and another provided a narrower estimate between 42,000 and 43,000 species. As of 2013, the species are grouped into 47 subfamilies and over 1,000 [...]