This guy was one of the more large wasps I have seen around the Fort Worth Nature Center's Hardwicke building. Wasps come in and out everyday and each one I photograph is cool. This one had the color of black which was it's primary color with a yellow to golden outline. It was kind of big about the size of a regular big wasp. It almost look like a yellow jacket but had the wrong pattern and not the right body type. the abdomen section was long and narrow. It was pretty stretched out. Its wings had a reddish dark tint to it. It was a very interesting wasp. I always try to take all the photos I can of the wasps I find when I am not Volunteering. When I do take a photo on the job it is just for a brief break and sometimes I just take the picture and go about my business. This one was taken before one of the classes I took last year.
United States, Texas, Travis County, Austin, University of Texas, Waller Creek: 30.2797156, -97.7352896, error in meters 9.9
Wasp collecting mud to build a nest
Sceliphron is a genus of Hymenoptera of the Sphecidae family of wasps, commonly referred to as mud daubers. They are solitary and build nests made of mud. Nests are frequently constructed in shaded niches, often just inside of windows or vent openings, and it may take a female only a day to construct a cell requiring dozens of trips carrying mud. Females will add new cells one by one to the nest after each cell is...