The solitary wasp, Monobia quadridens, commonly called the four-toothed mason wasp, it's black and white and about an inch long. See an archive of my 250+ past posts from the defunct national blog BeautifulWildlifeGarden.com. This lovely wasp can be found drinking nectar at flowers throughout the eastern United States right now. ( Log Out / Change ). in order to paralyze the caterpillar as the food source for her own larvae. Tweet; Description: This wasp feeds on pollen and on caterpillars. Osceola FL Garden Blah Blah Blog, I contribute sightings to butterfliesandmoths.org. Click to enlarge. Codie-Marie Miller with…. Mason & Potter Wasp Stings. Species ID Suggestions Sign in to suggest organism ID. http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2018/9/8/humans-help-wasps-wasps-help-humans-four-toothed-mason-wasp-imonobia-quadridensi, What Florida Native Plant is Blooming Today, Pale-edged Selenisa Moth (Selenisa sueroides), Band-winged Dragonlet Dragonfly (Erythrodiplax umbrata), Bagworm Moth caterpillar likely Abbot’s Bagworm Moth (Oiketicus abbotii), Twilight Darner Dragonfly (Gynacantha nervosa), If you missed our Live presentation, check out our YouTube Channel to watch the replay. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Click to enlarge. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Habitat: Jordan Lake woods. … Archive of my articles from the defunct blog at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Even still, they should be treated with caution, as mason and potter wasp stings are painful and, like any other wasp sting, will cause redness and swelling. Happening now: Invasive Species with Cody-Marie Miller. Both females and males can sting but males lack a stinger and use the tips of their abdomens to sting. Monobia quadridens. Dear Seth, Your images of the Four Toothed Mason Wasp, Monobia quadridens, are positively gorgeous. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Four-toothed mason wasp. CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens). When she finds an appropriate caterpillar, the female four-toothed mason wasp will sting it, which paralyzes the caterpillar. According to BugGuide: “Usually nests in wood borings, but sometimes burrows in dirt banks.Sometimes takes over abandoned nests of carpenter bees or ground bees, also Sceliphron (mud dauber) cells. Tune in live! Both the mason and potter wasps are capable of stinging, but rarely do so unless extremely provoked. The four-toothed mason wasp, therefore, serves as a free, beneficial, and natural source of pest control for these moths. Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens) CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens) This parasitoid wasp gal was zero-ing in on Gulf Fritillary Butterfly larvae (Agraulis vanillae) on the caterpillar host plant passionflower (Passiflora spp.) Some of my additional encounters can be seen at the archive for the defunct wildobs.com, Visit my personal blog! ( Log Out / in order to paralyze the caterpillar as the food source for her own larvae. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This parasitoid wasp gal was zero-ing in on Gulf Fritillary Butterfly larvae (Agraulis vanillae) on the caterpillar host plant passionflower (Passiflora spp.) Learn how your comment data is processed. ( Log Out / Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Learn: http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2018/9/8/humans-help-wasps-wasps-help-humans-four-toothed-mason-wasp-imonobia-quadridensi, It's not about the photo, it's about the experience, Tales of a Central Florida Wildlife Garden. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!