Monday, September 7, 2009

Macro Monday: Mud Daubers Nest


This is the nest of an organ-pipe mud dauber, a slender, non-aggressive wasp that preys on our black widow spiders. I'm happy to have them around. The nest is made out of local mud by the female who molds it into place with her mandibles.

I thought it was interesting that this one--attached to our house--was made with two colors of mud. I like the organic texture of it and think I'd rather live in a space without corners myself.

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10 comments:

Mellimaus said...

Wow, I've never seen anything like that! Cool!

Nivin said...

I agree with Mel. But looks cool :)
Great shot

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

So unusual! Anything that kills black widows is nice to have around :)
Great capture!

~Lisa

colleen said...

We so have those around here too. They are quite interesting.

Jen Mo said...

That is very cool! Great job!

Ed said...

Very cool! We have paper wasps and they are a pain in the butt..:-)

CTG Ponies said...

Very cool!!

chloe; moresecretwhispers.wordpress.com said...

oooo looks scarey & they eat spiders(?) eeek!
:)

Kateri said...

Cool. We have a nest outside our back door on our new home. My husband (knowing it was was wasp nest) wanted to knock it down, but I wouldn't let him 'cause I liked the way it looked. We don't have black widows, but tons of other spiders, though.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Very interesting! I have never heard of a mud dauber. Their nest is very textured:)

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