Mud wasps collecting mud for their nest.

in nature •  3 years ago  (Edited)

We found the nest in our tree in front. Come late fall, we're going to try to collect it.

Mud wasps are also called mud dauber or dirt dabber. They drink flower nectar and collect spiders for food for their offspring. They cram as many as 24 little spiders in each cell.

I found one mud wasps carrying a paralyzed spider for the nest, but I couldn't get a good photo of it. The female wasps lay their eggs on the paralyzed spiders, then place them in the cell, sealing it with a mud cap. When the egg hatches, it's spider food is waiting for them.

Mud wasps are not aggressive and rarely sting people.


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I didn't know there was types of wasps that are not aggressive, thanks for such an interesting post

They're pretty docile.

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Thanks for the info about them

Wonderful how our God created nature to look after its own.
Baby time and food ready for them.

I also presented another one of nature's lessons today my friend.

The maker of Heaven and earth is amazing beyond comprehension.

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Absolutely agreed my friend.

That looks an awful lot like a hornets nest. Just don't throw rock at it, I'm telling you this from experience, hehe; (or should I say ouch ouch).

Oh boy.. don't disturb a hornet's nest! Run!

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Creepy spider snacks!

Nom nom nom

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Very cool sir ironshield, I've never seen a nest like that in a tree. I like the looks of it, it's a great looking nest!

Maybe I'll sell it in eBay or something. I hear they are in demand.

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oh really? I haven't heard that but it WOULD make a great decorative item! I wonder how much they sell for? lol.