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Species Trypoxylon politum - Pipe Organ Mud Dauber

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Crabronidae
Subfamily Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Trypoxylini
Genus Trypoxylon
No Taxon (Subgenus Trypargilum)
Species politum (Pipe Organ Mud Dauber)
Explanation of Names
Trypoxylon politum Drury 1773
Identification
Shining black with some white pubescence, hind tarsi partly white. Largest species in the genus.
In Trypoxylini, forewing of has one submarginal cell and the marginal cell is pointed apically; abdomen is narrow but enlarged apically and longer than head and thorax.
Range
e. NA (MA-FL to KS-TX)
Season
Mar-Sep in NC(1)
Life Cycle
Builds characteristic "pipe organ" nests on walls, etc. Provisions with 3-18 spiders per cell.(2) Males may stand guard at nest during its construction and while females forage. Males emit a loud buzzing sound when nest is approached or disturbed.(3)(4)
Remarks
non-aggressive unless molested
Internet References
Hilton Pond (2002)--photos of nests, grubs