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Monday, March 22, 2010

Black And Yellow Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium)

Wasps are often gangly, delicate looking creatures. Why they have the thread thin stalk leading to the abdomen is mysterious, but there is a whole group called "thread waisted wasps". While wasps will kill other insects to feed their young, it is not unusual for them to nectar on flowers like a bee.

Below a mud dauber wasp takes off from a salt heliotrope flower.

black and yellow mud dauber wasp
black and yellow mud dauber wasp (Sceliphron caementarium)

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