How do Mud Dauber wasps work?
Mud dauber which are commonly misnamed ‘dirt dobber’ is the name given to several variants of solitary wasps. They build their nests using mud around them. Unlike the common yellow jackets or hornets, mud daubers do not live in colonies and do not defend their nests, which your common yellow jacket would. They are also not overly aggressive, but they will sting if they feel they are being threatened. They can often be identified as being large wasps measuring around one inch in length with long, stick like waists. They are most commonly black and yellow or black and dark blue with a metallic sheen and have clear or dark wings. If you are looking tog et rid of these wasps on your property, The most effective way to prevent an infestation is to eliminate cracks and holes in buildings.
How Long Do Mud Daubers Live?
The mud daubers average lifecycle from egg to adulthood spans around about one year. Eggs are planted into the cells of the mud dauber’s nest and soon hatch after a number of days. This is where it gets a bit creepy and strange, the larvae eats the spider left for it by its mother and then spins a cocoon, which it remains in for about three weeks before it emerges from the nest as an adult. So ultimately a pretty nightmare like way to enter the world.
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