black and yellow mud dauber

(Sceliphron caementarium)

Conservation Status
black and yellow mud dauber
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

not listed

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Yellow markings vary but are usually found at the base of the antennae, the collar (apex) and basal margin of the thorax, the first abdominal segment, and the legs. The hind legs always have at least some yellow markings.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 15 16to 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Late spring and summer

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

Paralyzed spiders, especially web builders

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 30.

 
  1/5/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Widespread and common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)  
 

Suborder

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)  
 

Infraorder

Aculeata (ants, bees and stinging wasps)  
 

Superfamily

Apoidea (apoid wasps, bees, sphecoid wasps)  
 

Family

Sphecidae (thread-waisted wasps)  
 

Subfamily

Sceliphrinae (mud-dauber wasps and allies)  
  Tribe Sceliphrini (mud-dauber wasps)  
 

Genus

Sceliphron  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Pelopaeus solieri

Pelopeus tahitensis

Pelopoeus architectus

Pelopoeus canadensis

Pelopoeus nigriventris

Pelopoeus servillei

Sceliphron affine

Sphex affinis

Sphex caementarius

Sphex economicus

Sphex flavipes

Sphex flavipunctatus

Sphex flavomaculatus

Sphex lunatus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

black and yellow mud dauber

yellow-legged mud dauber

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Anna Lehmicke

 
  This is only the nest structure found in the attic of our house. Have not had any confirmed sightings of the adult. It appears that one cell is still intact, we have it in a critter cage for now, can update if an adult emerges from the nest.   black and yellow mud dauber  
 

Bill Reynolds

 
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Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Wasps
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  Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Wasps  
 
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Other Videos
 
  Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron Caementarium)
NatureBytes
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 27, 2009

We are watching a mother gather materials for her nest. The mud dauber builds a nest which is placed in a sheltered area. After building her nest and laying her eggs the female dies. Next spring the larva dig their way out of their mud ball called home.

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Sean McCann
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 7, 2007

1/4 speed mudball making

 
  Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium) building a home for her young in my bedroom.
rob malchow
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 27, 2010

This little lady has decided that my room is properly comfortable for the deposit of her zombie spider eggs. Given the fact that I love insects, especially those of the hymenoptera order, I'm gonna have no choice but to let the little lady continue with her beautiful journey of life and document as much of it as possible.

My dear friend and great scholar Dr. Alan Molumby has this to say about her: "They are amazing, aren't they. She is a mud-dauber, Scleiphron caementarium. First they build a barrel out of mud, then they fill it with paralyzed spiders, then they lay an egg on the victims and leave them to their fate. She will keep building cell after cell until something interrupts her. They hunt rather small spiders, so rarely do they get caught by their own prey. It must be a good year for mud daubers, all the rain and all."

 
  Sceliphron caementarium
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
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Published on May 20, 2013

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber - Often seen collcting mud by wet puddle and moist streambanks. Seen here on a tributary of Stoney Creek, Burnaby, BC

 
  Mud dauber making nest
Rajesh Ma
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 6, 2008

Black and yellow mud dauber is a common name for the sphecid wasp species Sceliphron caementarium. They are solitary insects that build nests out of mud in sheltered locations, frequently on man-made structures such as bridges, barns, open porches or under the eaves of houses. These nests are not aggressively defended, and stings are rare.

The black and yellow mud dauber's nest is comprised of a series of cylindrical cells that are plastered over to form a smooth nest that may attain nearly the size of a human fist. After building a cell, the female wasp captures several spiders. The captured prey are stung and paralyzed before being placed in the nest, and then a single egg is deposited on the prey within each cell. The wasp then seals the cell with mud. After finishing a series of cells, she leaves and does not return. Eventually, the hatching larva will eat the prey and emerge from the nest.

 
       

 

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7/3/2021

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6/26/2020

Location: Clarkfield, MN

   
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6/19/2020

Location: Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

In our home.

   
  Anna Lehmicke
1/3/2020

Location: North Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN

This is only the nest structure found in the attic of our house. Have not had any confirmed sightings of the adult. It appears that one cell is still intact, we have it in a critter cage for now, can update if an adult emerges from the nest.

black and yellow mud dauber  
  Bill Reynolds
7/3/2014

Location: Pennington Co MN

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