Mud Dauber Wasp Life Cycle

Mud Dauber Wasp Life Cycle
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caementarium) is a species of wasp in the family Sphecidae, that build their nests from mud. Like many other insects the mud dauber wasp life cycle consists of four stages i.e. egg, larva, pupa and adult wasp. They generally make one cylindrical cell per day and spend the remaining time on leveling the nest. After completing the mud nest the female captures several insects or spiders to provision the cells. Prey are stung and paralyzed before being placed in the nest. A single egg is deposited on the prey within each cell, and the cell is sealed with mud. After completing a series of cells, the wasp departs and does not return again. The larvae that hatch from the eggs feed on the prey spiders left by the adult wasp. On maturity the larva turned into pupa and then emerges into an adult wasps. Below is the visual representation of different stages of mud dauber wasp life cycle.

Mud Dauber Wasp Life Cycle
Mud Dauber Wasp
Mud Dauber Wasp
Mud Dauber Wasp Egg
Mud Dauber Wasp Egg
Mud Dauber Wasp Egg
Mud Dauber Wasp Egg
Mud Dauber Wasp Larva
Mud Dauber Wasp Larva
Mud Dauber Wasp Pupa
Mud Dauber Wasp Pupa

3 comments:

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