Wasp: Mud Dauber

My Home: I am a solitary wasp; I do not fly in
a swarm of wasps or live in large colonies.
During the summer months you can usually
find me at a muddy location collecting mud
for my nests.

What I eat: I eat other insects.

What I look like: I am long and thin with
a thread like waist, around ½ to 1 inch
in length. I can be black and yellow striped
or blackish blue in color and have a stinger
located at the end of my abdomen.

How I am born: I go through four stages
of development: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
My nest is built out of mud, which can contain
up to 25 eggs. Each cell of the mud nest contains
an insect (usually spiders) plus one egg, and is
sealed up with mud. After only a few days,my egg
hatches. As a larva I will eat the insect put in the mud
cell with me for food. I remain a larva for about three weeks, and spin a cocoon in the cell. I usually remain in the cocoon over the winter and emerge in the spring from the cell as an adult wasp. My life span from egg to adult is about one year.

  Fun Facts
You can usually find their
nests on the sides of buildings or other
structures. If you see a large quantity of mud
dauber nests close together, that usually is just the
work of one female. Mud daubers are not as aggressive as
yellow jackets, and they can sting repeatedly without dying.