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Pipe organ mud dauber

Trypoxylon politum

Description:

Insect nests spotted on the underside of the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park. The nests are made of mud. These nests were built by a type of wasp known as Pipe organ mud daubers. Notice the small spider that is shown in the upper-right part of the nest in Photo 2. Pipe organ mud daubers "...stock their nests with spiders, which serve as food for their offspring." Source Credit: Wikipedia

Habitat:

Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntl...

Notes:

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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2 Comments

Geodialist
Geodialist a year ago

Thanks for the helpful comment, Jeffrey! I plan to revisit the nests during early summer to look for holes in the pipes indicating new wasps have emerged from sealed chambers within the pipes.

JeffreyDuby
JeffreyDuby a year ago

Its a Mud Dauber they build these chambers and stuff them full of spiders that they paralize for feeding the egg they lay in each chamber when it hatches

Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.76, Long: -77.10

Spotted on Feb 25, 2013
Submitted on Mar 7, 2013

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