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Pipe Organ Mud Dauber (Trypoxylon politum)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pipe Organ Mud Dauber.




Long tunnels molded from mud are the hallmark nurseries of the Pipe Organ Mud Dauber.



 Updated: 1/8/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




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.


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers


Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hymenoptera
        Family: Cabronidae [ View More ]
          Genus: Trypoxylon [ View More ]
            Species: politum
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Descriptors
Scientific Name: Trypoxylon politum
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; yellow; blue; orange
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Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Manitoba
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Newfoundland and Labrador
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Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
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Mexico
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of both a bee and an ant insect
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Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
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Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
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Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
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Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
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Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees, & Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.