Mason Wasps in our backyard


  • Teresa Dolman


Mason Wasps, Ancistrocerus antilope, Bee Box, Mites


An attempt to attract solitary bees to bee boxes placed in our back yard resulted instead in the attraction of the solitary mason wasp Ancistrocerus antilope to the boxes. Over a four-year period more boxes were added, more wasps took up residence, and observations were made of the spring emergence and mating of the wasps, and especially of the provisioning of brood cells by the females. The mutualistic relationship between the wasp and the mites it carries was noted.

Author Biography

Teresa Dolman

Teresa Dolman
37 Carleton Road W.
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3X4




How to Cite

Dolman, T. (2020). Mason Wasps in our backyard. Blue Jay, 78(3), 8-10. Retrieved from