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Mud Daubers

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Carli Domenico

on 13 November 2014

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Transcript of Mud Daubers

The Story of Sweet "Crumple-Wing"
the Mud dauber Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Sphecidae George D. Shafer finds sweet little crippled Mud dauber
The Mud dauber makes wing into a stub
He makes friends with Mud daubers with honey
Many are friendly but not bright
He found experiment with Crumple-Wing
"If a Mud dauber queen's eggs would hatch and produce males in absence of fertilization"
Sets up experiment by giving her mud and spiders
Weeks go by, and she finally gets excited to build a nest
After many, many spiders she continues to work arduously on her mud cell
She needed more rest and grew weaker
She had waited too long ... and died
She lived between 2.5- 3 months

Common features of the order (hymenoptera):
One of the largest orders of insects
Comprising of sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants
There are over 130,000 species
The name refers to the heavy wings of the insects
The hind wings are connected to the forewings called hamuli
Females typically have special ovipositer for inserting eggs into hosts or otherwise inaccessible places
Ovipositer are often modified into stingers The Mud dauber features:
24-28 millimeters
found throughout North America from May- October
Use spiders to contain and feed their larva during development

Interesting Facts It paralyzes its pray with a sting
People can befriend these insects
They are very organized and have planned resting periods and work times Works Cited
"Little Crumple-Wing" by George D. Shafer
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