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Pipe Organ Mud Dauber nests

Trypoxylon politum


New and old! These wasps build elaborate mud homes for their young that are long and tubular in shape, resembling pipe organ pipes. The wasps have taken advantage (regularly it would seem) of protected, man-made shelters for picnic goers at the park. There were several nests as well as markings in the rafters where other nests had been removed. Must be prime real estate for those wasps!


Man-made shelter in temperate forest. Pocahontas State Park, Virginia.


Now to get an actual photo of the wasp that makes these...

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1 Comment

doreen.chambers.14 7 years ago

Very nice

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Mar 20, 2015
Submitted on Apr 9, 2015

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