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Mud Dauber

Actual Size: 1”

Characteristics: Yellow or black; very thin waist. Easily identified by their nest.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Commonly found in various habitats worldwide, including urban, suburban, and rural areas. They prefer warm, sunny environments with access to mud and water sources, which are essential for constructing their nests.


  • Generally non-aggressive towards humans and are unlikely to sting unless provoked or handled roughly.
  • Solitary insects, meaning each female builds and provisions her own nest.
  • Paralyze and store spiders in each chamber to feed their young.

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Mud Daubers in Kailua Kona

Mud daubers, solitary wasps known for building mud nests or brood chambers, are widespread across the United States. Their distinguishing feature is a slender waistline, setting them apart from other wasp species. These insects are generally non-aggressive and rarely sting unless their nest is under direct threat. They hunt a variety of spider species, including orb-weavers, cellar spiders, and wolf spiders.

Mud Dauber Habitat

Female mud daubers, responsible for nest construction, create cylindrical structures resembling organ pipes. These nests consist of short mud tubes arranged side by side and are commonly found in shaded areas like porch ceilings, under eaves, or in sheds and barns. The female gathers spiders, paralyzes them with her sting, and deposits them inside mud chambers within the nest. After laying an egg on one of the spiders, she seals the chamber. The hatched larva consumes the spiders, undergoing several molts before pupating into an adult wasp. Nests with round exit holes indicate that the wasps have emerged, rendering the nest inactive.

Mud Dauber Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Mud daubers are typically non-aggressive and do not actively defend their nests. While they play a beneficial role in controlling spider populations, their nesting activities near homes can sometimes become a nuisance. If a nest is found on your property, nest removal should always be handled by a professional wasp control company, as any wasp handling can be dangerous.