mud dauber


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mud dauber

n.
Any of various solitary predatory wasps, especially of the families Sphecidae and Crabronidae, that build nests of mud and provision them with paralyzed prey.

mud dauber

n
(Animals) any of various wasps of the family Sphecidae, that construct cells of mud or clay in which they lay their eggs and store live insects as food for the developing larvae. See also digger wasp

mud′ daub`er


n.
any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with paralyzed spiders or insects for the larvae to feed on.
[1855–60, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mud dauber - wasp that constructs mud cells on a solid base in which females place eggs laid in paralyzed insect larvaemud dauber - wasp that constructs mud cells on a solid base in which females place eggs laid in paralyzed insect larvae
sphecoid, sphecoid wasp - any of various solitary wasps
family Sphecidae, Sphecidae - mud daubers; some digger wasps
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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.
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.
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.
These are opportunistic and occupy a wide variety of cavities such as the pith of twigs, cavities in dead plants, of cells of abandoned mud dauber nests (Cowan 1991).
The latter is about a six-year-old boy who spends time watching a mud dauber at work, thinking about his mom and his uncle, who berated his mother as a slut but still helped the widow with money after they were robbed by gold prospectors.
They range in size from 1/2" to 1" or more in length, and, unlike the solitary mud dauber, they create large, highly organized colonies, which they fiercely defend.
An exotic hazard to gun health encountered in Africa and Asia is the mud dauber wasp.