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Pipe Organ Mud Dauber Nest - Trypoxylon politum These wasps build characteristic &quot;pipe organ&quot; nests on vertical surfaces. They provision the nests with paralyzed spiders <br />
for the larvae to eat once they hatch.  The wasps chew their way out when they are ready to leave the nest. New nests will be built beside old nests, year after year.   Geotagged,Organ-pipe mud dauber,Spring,Trypoxylon politum,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Pipe Organ Mud Dauber Nest - Trypoxylon politum

These wasps build characteristic "pipe organ" nests on vertical surfaces. They provision the nests with paralyzed spiders
for the larvae to eat once they hatch. The wasps chew their way out when they are ready to leave the nest. New nests will be built beside old nests, year after year.

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  1. That is really awesome! Posted one year ago
    1. You can see the difference in color from the old nests (with holes) and the new ones that presumably still have wasp babies in them. Posted one year ago
      1. Cool! I wonder if they really sounds like a pipe organ when the wind blows through it :) Posted one year ago
        1. That would be awesome if it did! Posted one year 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 Dec 24, 2018. Captured May 27, 2013 00:04 in 75 Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/5.6
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 55mm