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Tribe Sceliphrini - Mud-dauber Wasps

Blue Mud Dauber? - Chalybion californicum Wasp For ID - Sceliphron caementarium Blue wasp - Chalybion zimmermanni Blue Mud Wasp? - Chalybion californicum Male, Sphecidae - Chalybion zimmermanni - male Sceliphron caementarium - Male behavior - Sceliphron caementarium - male Wasp - Chalybion californicum Mud Daubers congregate at night - Chalybion
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 (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sceliphrinae
Tribe Sceliphrini (Mud-dauber Wasps)
Other Common Names
Mud Wasps, Dirt-dauber Wasps
Explanation of Names
Sceliphrini Ashmead 1899
2 genera, with 5 spp. in our area and 80 total(1)
Larvae are provisioned with paralyzed spiders.(2) Adults feed on nectar and occasionally the hemolymph of spiders(3)
See Also
Trypoxylon (Trypargilum) politum, a crabronid known as the pipe organ mud-dauber, also build mud nests with multiple cells, but oriented vertically.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Sphecidae sensu lato
2.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.
3.University of Florida: Featured Creatures - Sceliphron caementarium