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Photo of strange tubular insect home
My fiance has recently moved from Michigan to Noth Carolina. It is amazing how many more bugs live in a sub-tropical climate! Anyhow, she is terrified of these nests she has founbd on her new deck. Can you identufy these nests? Is this something she needs to be aware of or something that presents a possible danger? Thanks for the help,
Charles W. Nivison

Hi Charles,
What a very large photo of a very large ceiling with a little Mud Dauber Nest in the center. These are solitary wasps that build nests of mud and fill them with paralyzed spiders, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, flies or other insects that serve as food for the young. Each species of wasp has a very specific food source. The wasps can sting, but will only do so if provoked, by say, a broom knocking down their nest.
Ed. Note: (09/06/2004) Eric just wrote in identifying the species as the Organ Pipe Mud Dauber, Trypoxylon politum, and informed us they prey on spides only.

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2 Responses to Organ Pipe Mud Dauber Nest

  1. Gertie says:

    I don’t write many responses, however i did some searching and wound up here Organ Pipe Mud Dauber Nest – What’s
    That Bug?. And I do have a couple of questions for you
    if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it give the impression like a few of these responses look as if they are left by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting at additional places, I’d like to follow anything fresh you have to post.
    Would you make a list of all of your shared pages like your Facebook page,
    twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

    • bugman says:

      What’s That Bug? keeps our limited staff very busy and we don’t have time to post elsewhere. We do not like to judge our readership too harshly. One of the reasons many folks write to us is that they know nothing about insects, but they are curious nonetheless.

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