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Mud Dauber Wasps
Mud dauber wasp is a name given to a number of wasps that build their nest out of mud. Other common names used are dirt digger, dirt dobber, dirt diver and mud wasp. The more common mud dauber wasps are the black organ pipe mud dauber, the iridescent blue mud dauber and the black and yellow mud dauber. Mud dauber wasps are generally long and slim with some having a waist like a thread. The name mud dauber has been given to this wasps as a result of the nests they make, being made from mud. The majority of mud dauber wasps are not very aggressive, however they do pose another threat, a threat to aircraft operations. Mud dauber wasps like to nest in small openings and tubes, much like the ones that make up a pilots static systems such as the airspeed indicator, altimeter and the vertical speed indicator.

It is believed that mud dauber wasps were responsible for the crash of the 1996 Birgenair Flight 301 killing all 176 passengers and all 13 crew members.
Mud dauber wasps are the main predators of both the black and brown widow spiders.
The three more common types of mud dauber wasps may use the same place to create their nests resulting in a large amount of nests in one place. If the are is protected, their nest can survive for many years and are often used by other wasps and insects.
Mud dauber wasps are predators much like most other wasps, with the females building and supplying her nest with food. Adult mud dauber wasps feed mainly on nectar and supply their young with food such as spiders. However they are very particular with the type and size of spider. They prefer certain spiders over others and would rather stock their nest with as many as two dozen smaller spiders rather than two very big spiders.
The mud dauber wasp captures a spider by grabbing hold of the spider and stinging it repeatedly until the spider is paralyzed but not dead. The spider is then taken and stored in the nest, still alive, for the wasps larvae to eat. The eggs of a mud dauber are normally laid on the food such as a spider. The spider and the eggs are then buried inside the nest to prevent anything getting to it.

Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?

  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.

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