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Blue mud dauber

Chalybion bengalense

Description:

I came across a few wasps roaming on an old switch board. Looking at it closer I realised there were mud nests built on the socket holes and the timing was so perfect that a young wasp was chewing on the mud wall near the exit of the hole to emerge outside (https://youtu.be/WJ5xsyIrKXo ). When the newly hatched wasp could finally make it out of the nest, she was immediately mated by one of the competing males (https://youtu.be/Y4qX1xmyWN8 ). Later on I noted the males were returning to check on the other nests. They were kind of tapping on the nest wall. I felt like they were communicating with the young wasps inside ( https://youtu.be/Mw89ab2p30A ).

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9 Comments

Raksha
Raksha a year ago

Maria dB and Leuba Ridgway thanks for appreciating:)

Raksha
Raksha a year ago

Thank you for the nomination Ashley T 😊

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Wonderful spotting Raksha and thanks for the great notes and video link.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Those notes are so interesting - thanks for sharing your observations!

AshleyT
AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Raksha
Raksha a year ago

Thank you Mark Ridgway:)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Wow there's amazing colours within the darkness. Very handsome wasp. Nice spotting.

Raksha
Raksha a year ago

Thanks Sukanyadatta:)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

Fantastic notes and photography.

Raksha
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Raksha

Kerala, India

Spotted on Feb 2, 2020
Submitted on Feb 2, 2020

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