The gentle Black and Yellow Mud Dauber  (four photos)
Sceliphron caementarium

mud dauber in Utah
Wasps were few and far between on the September day
on Antelope Island, but this gorgeous Mud Dauber was
a fun find.  Carol Davis 9-15-2020

yellow and black wasp
The little flying insect to the right of the Mud Dauber seemed
a little ticked that it had landed on its sunflower. It was in
several of the photos.  Carol Davis 9-15-2020

beautiful mud dauber
I used to see a lot of these as a kid when we moved to our newly-constructed
home in South Salt Lake County in Utah.  Our yard was once part of a marsh
that had been filled in and the insects hadn't quite gotten the message yet.  We
 had lots of garter snakes, mud daubers, and black widows. I was never fond of
these beautiful wasps because they were so scary-looking, accompanied by
 the fact that everyone used to say how mean they were.
Carol Davis, 8-9-2009

Is such a gorgeous black wasp with gold trim to be feared?
Not really. They don't tend to defend their nests like other
wasps and it takes a lot more to get them riled up.  This article
at Iowa State University's site gives a thorough explanation of
the life cycle of the Mud Dauber.  Carol Davis, 8-9-2009

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