Long tunnels molded from mud are the hallmark nurseries of the Pipe Organ Mud Dauber.
Mud Daubers characteristically create nests from mud. This particular species shapes the mud into long tubes nestled closely together, reminiscent of pipe organs. Any vertical surface can serve as a foundation for a nest, so it is not uncommon to see them on siding, brick, and wooden walls. Females forage for spiders and bring them back alive, but paralyzed. Each cell is stuffed with the spiders, which serve as food for a wasp larva once it hatches. The male wasp guards the nest while the female is hunting. This is a non-aggressive species of wasp that prefers to quietly got about its business. Approaching the nest for a better look at the handiwork can elicit a buzzing from the male. Disturbing the nest and bothering the wasps can induce them to sting.
The glossy black wasp has black wings that appear metallic blue in certain light. The legs are black except for the hind pair, which have a yellow or orange lower leg and a black 'foot'. The waist is constricted and narrow, but the abdomen is long and enlarges by the tip. Adults are most active from spring through early autumn.
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.