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
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...