(I am trying to make some sense of the variety of nests in the subfamily Eumeninae. So I hope that putting some images together might help.)
Wasps of the subfamily Eumeninae (potter and mason wasps) construct a variety of nests. The ones we are most familiar with are the little pots, but there are other varieties. Some use preexistent holes such as hollow twigs; others build a cell different from the typical pot. It may be possible to identify the species or at least the genus by the nests, so I tried to group the different kinds of nests that we have in the guide.
, several species make pots, usually you find them singly, but sometimes they seem to be in clusters or in a row. Zeta
nests seem very similar.
1 and 2: Eumenes bollii
3: Eumenes crucifera
1, 2, 3: Eumenes fraternus
4: an unusual pot also identified as Eumenes fraternus
A few variations on groupings of nests made by unidentified Eumenes
The pots built by Zeta argillaceum
are very similar to those of Eumenes
some are aligned in a row.
Neither pot nor hole nesters
. There seems to be some construction on an open surface.
Nesting Biology of Zeta argillaceum
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae) in Southern Florida, Robert W. Matthews and Jorge M. Gonzalez. Florida Entomology. 1
(several pots clustered together)
Potter Wasps of Florida, Eumenes spp. (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae) E. E. Grissell. University of Florida IFAS Extension. 2
The Social Biology of wasps. Kenneth G. Ross, Robert W. Matthews. Google books
A caterpillar on every pot
. Video showing a Zeta argillaceum
building a nest.