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Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron spirifex)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Sphecidae
Genus: Sceliphron
Species: spirifex


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Richmond, Texas
Spokane, Washington

By Dinu
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Member Notes:

Neutral vossner On Sep 27, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a) wrote:

Main predator for immature black and brown widow spiders. They use the spiders to build their nests. I think these are also called potter wasps b/c of the sophisticated nests they build, which looks tubular like urns. I find the nests annoying when they're on my brick walls but they're easy to remove w/ a water hose.

Wasp itself is rarely aggressive.

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