Black and yellow mud daubers @ work
It was good to see a good number in one place at a time. There were always about two to six at excavation site digging the finer mud particles and then moulding them into small moist balls that could be easily airlifted to the construction site. They daub the mud with saliva (or whatever the secretion in there mouths) to make it pliable. The small moist balls are the building blocks of their nests located in our houses.
The wasps return from their respective destinations after the balls have been delivered. And the cycle continues probably until the project is completed.
All the while, I stayed still at a corner covering all the activities. And whenever I get noticed, a wasp (or two) buzz aloud in my direction. Soon, it backs off provided I do not meddle with their affairs. Or it simply finds another place to dig up. The mud was everywhere.
Watch video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ptkqDHHzg&feature=youtu.be
Found in Richmond, VA.
Foto tomada con la cámara del iPhone4
Seen here with an Orb Weaver Victim
Found under bridge.
One of the three wasps i saw within a minute standing in my sunny garden.
July 7 2010
I am guessing this is a mating ritual although I never seen any mating occur in the ten minutes I was there trying to get some photos
in the damp muddy area beside the creek
Another form of nests, I think.
# Black and Yellow Mud Dauber
This one was scanning the daisies for prey.
One of two of these large wasps hunting across a passionfruit vine.
Known as the Mud Dauber Wasp; flying around my patio and deck, alighting on a flower pot, then crawling under a tarp covering my wood pile.