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Mud Wasps
Mud wasps are normally solitary wasps with females building their nest out of mud giving them the name mud wasps. The little mud nest may be constructed in or near your home, sheds, barns and similar places. Mud wasps have a long, slender body with a narrow waist and can be blue, black and may even have yellow markings. The nests are created by the wasp finding some moist mud that she then rolls into a ball to then transport to her nest site. The ball of mud is then used and moulded by the wasps mandibles into the nest. The three wasps that build mud nests are the black and yellow mud dauber, the organ pipe mud dauber and the metallic blue wasp. The black and yellow mud dauber wasps build multiple cylindrical cells that once constructed, will be covered with mud that they smooth over. The nests end up about the size of a persons fist. The organ pipe mud dauber constructs its nest by creating cylindrical tubes from mud that look like pipe organ pipes resulting in their name.

The metallic blue wasp does not build its own nest, instead they find abandoned nest from the black and yellow mud dauber.
Once the female wasp has constructed her mud nest she then hunts for insects and even spiders that she will sting and paralyze. Once paralyzed the wasp transports the insect or spider to her nest as provisions for her larvae. The prey is then placed in a cell of the nest along with a single egg being laid on it. The cell is then sealed with mud to keep anything from getting to it. Once a series of cells has been crated with a captured insect and an egg laid on it in each cell, the wasps leaves and does not return. When the egg hatches, the larvae feeds on the insect left by its parent until it turns into an adult and continues the process.
Mud wasps unlike other wasps are less likely to sting even if disturbed. The only time they are more likely to sting is when they are mishandled.
Mud wasps are not seen as pest needing control as they pose little threat. If anything, they are beneficial as they prey on insect such as spiders that may seem less agreeable to have around.
Nests can be removed easily by scraping them away with a shovel or by using a spray purchased for killing wasps.

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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