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  Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron sp)





Mud Dauber Wasp | Sceliphron sp photo
This Mud Dauber Wasp flew into the car and was photographed on the car window ledge.

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Mud Dauber Wasp | Sceliphron sp photo
Mud dauber wasp nest. The adult wasps have emerged from these cells.

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Mud Dauber Wasp | Sceliphron sp photo
This cell is sealed with larva inside.

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Mud Dauber Wasp | Sceliphron sp photo
The wasp preys on jumping spiders. She stings them to paralyze them and puts them into the mud nest. This collection of about 10 jumping spiders came from a single cell. You can see the yellow wasp larva on one of the spiders.

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Mud Dauber Wasp | Sceliphron sp photo
The larva eats the spiders then pupates in the mud cell.

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MUD DAUBER WASP FACTS

Identification
The Mud Dauber Wasp is a large black or dark brown wasp, banded with yellow. It has a then waist an long legs. In summer it is often seen around wet soil, pools, bird baths as it collects mud to make its nest.

Size
25mm

Food
The adult wasp preys on spiders which are packed into each nest cell, then an egg is laid in the cell. The larva eats the spiders when the egg hatches.

Breeding
The female builds a mud nest carrying small pellets of mud from damp soil. Several cells are built next to each other in rows. Nests common around houses in sheds, garages, car ports.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Sphecidae
Genus:Sceliphron
Species:sp
Common Name:Mud Dauber Wasp