Take, for example, the svelte female blue mud dauber
Post-accident investigation produced yet more bird nests in the engine compartment plus that missing foam cowl plug, "protruding from and blocking the engine combustion air inlet opening." Additionally, investigators found "a golf ball-size mud dauber
wasp nest in the carburetor throat below the main fuel nozzle, which would have also restricted air flow and atomization of fuel in the carburetor."
The stacked pieces speak plainly of the making process and are strikingly reminiscent of the nest of the elegant, non-aggressive wasp, the mud dauber
. Mud dauber
nests are made by the female wasps and each cell contains one egg.
The scientists combined data from the transcriptome -- showing which genes are active and being transcribed from DNA into RNA -- and genomic (DNA) data from a number of species of ants, bees and wasps, including bradynobaenid wasps, a cuckoo wasp, a spider wasp, a scoliid wasp, a mud dauber
wasp, a tiphiid wasp, a paper wasp and a pollen wasp; a velvet ant (wasp); a dracula ant; and a sweat bee, Lasioglossum albipes.
"Check to see if critters have been chewing on any of the wiring," says Kellar, who has found mud wasp (mud dauber
) nests and spiders inside engines, but the worst was a mouse that actually nested inside a cylinder.
Some occupied weep holes were partly obstructed by active and abandoned mud dauber
nests (Order Hymenoptera, Family Sphecidae).
before: a mud dauber
buzzing, the burn smell off the miter saw, some
Even though the arthropod fauna associated to mud dauber
nests is frequently similar, very well known and constitutes an intricate food web (Matthews 1997), it is not uncommon that other insects not associated to such food web can be eventually encountered inside the mud nests (Gonzalez & Vinson 2007).
This blue mud dauber
uses abandoned nests of the black and yellow mud dauber
Sceliphron caementarium (Drury) (Rau, 1928), which was not collected in our study.
I began to make small coiled rooms or domes that were nest-like, inspired by forms in nature such as a mud dauber
wasp's coiled clay nest.
No, not mud dauber
's nest, as one reader accused me of.