A yellow and black mud dauber wasp hunting in my garden for caterpillars with which to stock its larval cells. This is one of the more common thread-waisted wasps in this area.
This view gives a different perspective of the anatomy of the wasp. Note the long thin "waist" between the thorax and the abdomen.
mud dauber gets its name from
fact that it builds its "nest", larval cells from mud. Here we
wasp putting the outer layer of mud over two cells, which are side by
side on the wall.
the mud dauber builds two
six cells. Here we see an unusual nest of twelve cells. On
lowest cell you can see the plug which closed it until the larva
emerged as an adult wasp.
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