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Ancistrocerus parietum (Mason Wasp)

 
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Jul 22, 2014 07:00 |  #1

The Mason Wasps, genus Ancistrocerus, are all very similar. The basic color is black, covered with yellow lines and other yellow markings. There are at least 12 Ancistrocerus species in Britain and they are very difficult to identify, but this one appears to be A. parietum, one of the two most common to the UK.

The females look for a good place to build a nest. That may be a hole in a tree used by a beetle but man made holes in wood are also accepted happily. The wider the hole the bigger the cells in the nest are. In the past Mason Wasps were considered to be closely related to the Potter Wasps and they are still often referred to as such.

This is as far as I know, that I have ever seen one for certain, let alone photographed one (even if it is not the best due to hand held camera shake!).


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Jul 22, 2014 07:01 |  #2

Wasps are so rare here in the netherlands, great find!


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Jul 22, 2014 07:02 |  #3

Nice capture Paul


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Jul 22, 2014 07:15 |  #4

Fortus wrote in post #17047896 (external link)
Wasps are so rare here in the netherlands, great find!

These wasps are meant to be relatively common in the Netherlands, particularly A. gazella...

CanopicJar wrote in post #17047902 (external link)
Nice capture Paul


Thanks Travis :)


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Jul 22, 2014 07:28 |  #5

Those wasps are very plentiful around here. We call them mud dobbers.

Great capture.


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Jul 22, 2014 07:35 |  #6

Never seen one in the garden until today me. :)

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Jul 22, 2014 16:17 |  #7

Lovely mason wasp, Paul.


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Jul 23, 2014 00:55 |  #8

Lovely capture Paul. Normally spot these out hunting especially on my potentilla bush.
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Jul 23, 2014 02:21 |  #9

Ishrani wrote in post #17049096 (external link)
Lovely mason wasp, Paul.

LordV wrote in post #17050007 (external link)
Lovely capture Paul. Normally spot these out hunting especially on my potentilla bush.
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Thanks both.

Happy to have recognised one - chances are they have been in the garden before and I hadn't seen them.

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