Random Insect: Blue mud wasp

Blue mud wasp (Chalybion californicum, Sphecidae), photographed 07/31/2010 near Blissfield Michigan.

I often see a lot of blue mud wasps (Chalybion californicum, Sphecidae) around the barns and greenhouses at the family farm.  Their affinity for buildings and the name “mud wasp” are related to their nesting behavior.  Adult females construct mud nests on buildings, stocking them with paralyzed spiders for their larvae to eat.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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