Skip to content

A potter wasp – Phimenes flavopictus

Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) Chiang Mai 1
Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) Doi Sutep, Chiang Mai

Potter wasps make beautifully crafted pot-shaped nests out of mud and saliva: nature’s own potters! They are solitary insects and lay one or more eggs inside the nests (or pots) which they then provision with insects such as caterpillars or beetle larvae, for their offspring to feed on. I came across this beautiful specimen on Doi Pui in northern Thailand, which I identified as Phimenes flavopictus (Eumeninae), based on a better picture – far better than mine! – on the excellent Thailand Wildlife website (http://thailandwildlife.photoshelter.com/image/I00003PB4pNCpi.Q). I did not see the nest (pot) but the wasp appeared to be collecting soil or mud to take away to the unknown location. I wonder if the beautiful, slim, petiole-like waist – joining the thorax and abdomen – has a purpose? It may have something to do with egg laying.

Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) on Doi Pui, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) on Doi Pui, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) Chiang Mai 2
Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) Doi Sutep, Chiang Mai
Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) Chiang Mai 3
Potter wasp (Phimenes flavopictus) Doi Sutep, Chiang Mai

rcannon992 View All

I am a retired entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

walter sanford's photoblog

Showcasing some of my digital photography and videography.

Katatrepsis

Science, skepticism and dragonflies

Paths Unwritten

Lost Cities. Forgotten Spaces. Curious Places.

MARKOVICH LITERARY CAFE

Alex Markovich: author, visual storyteller, theater director

Q13 FOX News

Seattle and Western Washington's source for breaking news, weather, and sports. Home of Washington’s Most Wanted and the Seattle Seahawks.

Spanish Linguist

a linguist writes about Spanish

Ray Cannon's nature notes

Every picture tells a story

Too Lazy To Weed

The not so ordinary wildlife of an ordinary (but scruffy) garden

Nature etc.

Books, birds and tales from the wild

Juha Lappalainen photography

The way I see the world around me...

Wandering with Butterflies

and other Lepidoptera

Andrew Szopa-Comley

Exploring the natural world.

Ewa Ludwiczak

Watercolour Painting and Illustration

lepscience

A fine WordPress.com site

Mia Elizabeth Croft

Ecology, Conservation & Insects

Blogs from the Natural History Museum

Inspiring a love of the natural world

%d bloggers like this: