Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Muddy Day Mud Dauber

Today is a very muddy day.  The river is bank full, our yard is full of puddles, and there is mud everywhere.  All the mud brings to mind another muddy day back in October when I saw these markings in the mud.
I like to know what is going on around me, even who is making tracks on the edges of my mud puddles.  Don't you?  So, I took some close-ups of the culprit with my new Pentax Optio w90.
   Here is the mark maker in action.
 The Black-and-yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caementarium) working industriously.

  The wasp begins making a ball of mud.  Notice how the wasp uses its jaws and front pair of legs to form the ball, the middle pair of legs as a fulcrum, and the last pair of legs for "pistons" to tip into a head stand position.  Fascinating process!

Black-and -yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caementarium) making a mud ball

 Once the mud ball is formed,
the wasp carries it with the front pair of legs as it flies away.

So, what's up with a wasp making mud balls?  Check back tomorrow.
Here is a link to the post on the mud nest of the Black-and-yellow Mud Dauber.
Here is a post about the Black-and-yellow Mud Dauber Wasp depositing mud balls on her nest.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful photos. I knew they did this but never seen it close up.