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Organ Pipe Mud Dauber nest This is part of a very large collection of mud dauber nests under a bridge at the North Carolina Zoo. Geotagged,Mud Dauber Wasp,Nest,Organ Pipe Mud Dauber,Organ-pipe mud dauber,Trypoxylon politum,United States,Wasp,Winter,Zoo Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Organ Pipe Mud Dauber nest

This is part of a very large collection of mud dauber nests under a bridge at the North Carolina Zoo.

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  1. What an awesome discovery! Did you initially know what they were, or was it more of a shock effect? Posted 5 years ago
    1. It was a shock effect, followed by noticing a giant sign on the other side of the bridge saying "Mud Dauber Wasps" with some basic details about the wasps and their nests (nests are made of mud, divided into chambers, with paralyzed spiders placed inside for the young to eat when they hatch before chewing their way out of the mud nest). Posted 5 years ago
      1. Insect life can be so fascinating, yet so brutal :) Posted 5 years ago

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The organ pipe mud dauber is a type of wasp in the family Crabronidae. They are fairly large wasps, shiny black with pale hind tarsi. Male organ pipe mud daubers are among the few male wasps of any species to stay at the nest. A male "stands guard" while a female is away collecting spiders. Mating typically occurs on her visits to the nest. They typically build their nests in sheltered locations, and large aggregations may form with dozens to hundreds of nests in a small area.

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Uploaded Feb 19, 2015. Captured Feb 7, 2015 11:57 in 4401 Zoo Parkway, Grant, NC 27205, USA.
  • NEX-6
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO1600
  • 96mm