Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - (Sceliphron caementarium)

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - (Sceliphron caementarium) are and interesting wasp.  They are black and yellow colors make him stand out and unlike some other wasps and hornets they are not aggressive.  If you do not threaten them.  What makes them interesting is their lifecycle.  Black and yellow mud Dauber build a series of horizontal tubes on an overhang that is sheltered.  Into each of the tubes they will insert a number of spiders, that they caught, stunned and paralyzed, to be food for the larvae that comes from a single egg that they place and each to.  When the egg hatches the larvae feed on the spider and then will pupate and winter overnight and hatch out in the spring to start the cycle all over again.
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - (Sceliphron caementarium)

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - (Sceliphron caementarium)

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - (Sceliphron caementarium)

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - (Sceliphron caementarium)

Almost every time I go out photographing I learn something new and interesting, and this maintains my interest in our natural world.