Mason Wasp – 8/17/11
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 8/17/11
Observation Time: 12:15 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam
Common Name: Mason Wasp
Scientific Name: Monobia quadridens
Comments: Mason wasps are solitary. They have a metallic blue sheen on their wings. Females usually build nests in abandoned holes of other bee and wasp species. Sometimes mistaken for Bald-faced Hornet, but note the position and extent of white on the abdomen.
More Information: What’s That Bug? and Cape May Wildlife Guide