The Eumeninae, are a cosmopolitan wasp group that are a subfamily of Vespidae. In the past, they were recognized as a separate family, Eumenidae. Commonly known as Potter wasps or Mason wasps.

The following images taken in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, is one of the Subfamily Eumeninae species.

Eumeninae sp, Alice Springs, NT
Eumeninae sp, Alice Springs, NT

This species of Eumeninae has taken up residence in a vacated mud wasp nest, which currently is the nesting structure for the Megachile aurifrons (evident by the resin capped holes).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Vespidae
  • Subfamily: Eumeninae
  • Genus: there are some 200 genera containing over 3,000 species

Footnote & References

  1. Subfamily Eumeninae – Potter Wasps and Mud Nesting Wasps, Brisbane Insects and Spiders Home Page, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_vespoidwasps/Eumeninae.htm
  2. Potter wasp, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potter_wasp (last visited Dec. 10, 2021)
  3. Part 4. What other insects will use my bee hotel?, Aussie Bee, https://www.aussiebee.com.au/bee-hotel-other-visitors.html

WaspsAustralian Mud Nest Wasps Bembicinae Bembix Eumeninae Mud Wasp Orange-collared Spider Wasp Potter Wasp Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides Yellow and Black Wasp Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp – R tasmaniensis