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Large, metallic blue, green, or purple. Not as hairy as the very similar Blue Mud Dauber, and usually larger in size than that species.
Fields, pastures, prairies, deserts. Look in old railroad beds as they like to nest in the sand, and hunt their cricket prey amid loose stones. This specimen was eating oozing sap from a Desert Broom shrub at the edge of a road, open grassland with cacti, grasses, scattered juniper.
More on this species here: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2010/08/wasp...
Spotted on Jul 27, 2011
Submitted on Dec 3, 2012
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