The mud dauber is a general term given to wasps that build nests from mud. They are distributed the world over, sans colder climates. These wasps can be a bit of a nuisance in that they are very curious. They make a habit of flying in close proximity to humans, in order to investigate whether or not they have food. They are also considered to be pests, as they build mud nests all over and have even caused airline crashes, due to their mud nests!
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Sceliphron caementarium
Length: Up to 2 inches
Lifespan: Up to 1 year
Now on to the Facts!
1.) Only the females build nests.
2.) This species of wasp is a parasitoid species that preys on flies, bees, caterpillars, and spiders.
3.) The female will target a prey item, sting it, and carry it back to her nest to feed her young. The prey is paralyzed and is still alive while it’s eaten.
4.) Besides preying on other bugs for their young, the adults also partake in flower nectar to feed themselves.
5.) Male mud dauber wasps guard the nest, while the female hunts.
But wait, there’s more on the mud dauber!
6.) Like all wasps, the dauber can deliver multiple stings, if threatened. Although the potency of the stings are not much more than a bee sting.
7.) Daubers are diurnal (active during the day).
Did you know…?
While not fatal, the sting of a mud dauber can cause pain, redness, and swelling.
8.) Females build their nests by collecting mud and using her mouth to form the nest.
9.) Some of the more common types of mud daubers are organpipe, black-and-yellow, and blue.
10.) Like all wasps, these critters go through a 4 stage metamorphosis: egg, larvae, pupae (cocoon), and adult.
Now a Short Mud Dauber Video!
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