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Mud Dauber Wasp

G. sp.

a mud dauber wasp, Crabronidae, at flowers on Menangai Crater, Kenya, March. 2013. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in open plantation forest/pasture on the rim of Menangai Crater, Kenya. March 2013.

Many kinds of mud dauber wasps are found across most of the world. There are many sizes, shapes and colors. Most build pot or tube-like structures from wet mud. Each female wasp builds and tends her own as a nest to contain prey. Inside the container the wasp deposits an egg that hatches into a grub that feeds on the store of prey.

Crabronidae -- Mud Dauber Wasp Family

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