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Organ pipe mud dauber

Trypoxylon politum


A beautiful, dainty wasp. Harmless unless deliberately provoked . One female makes a tube of mud, and lays an egg in the Back of the tube. She then stuffs it with several paralyzed spiders for the larvae to eat when it hatches before sealing off that section. She repeats it two or three times in each tube. The hole shows where the newly - emerged adult wasp chewed its way out. (from Karen Puracan). In the last pic you can see a organ pipe 30 cm long (one foot).


Oak forest, all these around the cabin.

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LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Phillip Torres

Nimbid Ocelli
Nimbid Ocelli 5 years ago

Interesting... And awesome!

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Ava

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Lovely picture and interesting information.

San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Lat: 22.19, Long: -100.57

Spotted on Jan 10, 2013
Submitted on Jan 14, 2013

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