We discovered tons of these tucked up in the rafters, behind shelves and even behind old insulation in the storage area, when we expanded the paundry. We knew that they were mud nests, but weren’t sure what kind of creature created them. We thought they were way cool and only just a wee bit creepy, with the dried out bug carcasses left inside.
Here, fearless Conrad models our cool find.
Luckily we live in an age where solving mysteries such as what kind of nest this is, is only a click away, with my dear, sweet friend Google. I love you Google!
The Mud Dauber Wasp.
She’s kind of awesome! Not only is she crafty, with her mud working ways, but she kills spiders…even Black Widows!
Also you should know that they rarely sting people, usually only if you try to grab it, or something foolish like that.
The most helpful/interesting site I found is actually based out of Brisbane, Australia. That’s where I found this fantastic photo of a Mud Dauber. Click on the photo to visit the very informative site.
This wasp may be from Brisbane, but we have them here in Tucson too.
She builds these tubes one at a time, with mud she has collected, and puts 2 or 3 dead spiders in each chamber with one of her eggs. Then she seals it all up. When the egg hatches, the larva feeds on the spiders until it’s fat and happy. Then it cocoons itself and eventually emerges from it’s mud house as a wasp. That is badass!
The abandoned nests can be taken over by many different creepy crawlies, but one of them is called a Blue Mud Dauber. They don’t build their own nests, they like to remodel found ones. I tell you this because, we think that is what the dead blue head poking out of the hole in the nest is.
You probably now know more than you ever wanted to know about any wasp, but I think it’s fascinating and couldn’t help but share. No need to thank me. 😀