Came out here with Tony "twane" Iwane to see my first Black Skimmer.
Hiding from the rain.
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caemenatrium)
26 August 2015: As it is late summer and we are in the midst of the dry season the water holes in Cooper Creek keep getting smaller as each day passes without any sign of rain in the immediate area. But busily working these remaining water holes are the hundreds of different kinds of wasps and bees and other insects which come to draw water at these life-giving places. We photographed several today. Presented here is the Black and Yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caemenatrium). Each of the three images presented is of a different individual and the first two images were taken at one water hole while the third image was taken at another. The Black and Yellow Mud Dauber in the third image had a broken set of right wings, upper and lower it seemed. Something had happened to it to cause its distress. While we documented its presence at the creek it kept trying to fly but simply could not get off the ground with its impaired condition. It looked desperate and tried climbing small branches at the side of the dried up creek bed and then would launch itself only to land on the hard solid rock that’s the creek bottom. We left it to its own devices and its condition looked irreparable. One of its major gifts, that of flight, had been somehow taken away and there was no way of getting back to the mud nest it must have surely been building somewhere nearby. We were about a quarter mile from Avondale Park downstream on Cooper Creek when we documented this last Black and Yellow Mud Dauber.
Source: "Black and Yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caementarium)," BugGuide, accessed 8.26.15, http://bugguide.net/node/view/139475
Nest in the upstairs bathroom of East Cottage. An adult was dead in the window also.
About 20 gathering mud in a muddy footprint near the shoreline
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...