Mud wasp


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mud wasp (Zoöl) any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to Pepæus, and allied genera, which construct groups of mud cells, attached, side by side, to stones or to the woodwork of buildings, etc. The female places an egg in each cell, together with spiders or other insects, paralyzed by a sting, to serve as food for the larva. Called also mud dauber.
    • Mud wasp See under Mud.
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In literature:

The tomb resembled nothing so much as a mud-wasp's nest, high on a barn wall.
"The Last of the Plainsmen" by Zane Grey
The wasps, with large femora, I observe build their mud nests in houses.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
As mosquitoes matter, and wasps, and cars that splash mud at you in the road.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
A wasp of the variety commonly called "mud-dauber" last summer built her nest on the ceiling of my room in one corner.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
This is the Mud-wasp at work, building a strong mud-nest for her family.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
It was a blue wasp, a Mud-dauber.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Describe the nests of five or more of the following: spider, honeybee, bumblebee, paper wasp, mud dauber, digger wasp.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
The mason-wasps or mud daubers are the most common.
"The Adventures of a Grain of Dust" by Hallam Hawksworth
The Mason Wasps build their nests of mud under outhouses, roofs, on rocks and trees.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
Long gray cobwebs festoon the rafters overhead, and the low buzzing of a wasp betrays its mud nest in the gable above.
"Pastoral Days" by William Hamilton Gibson

In poetry:

To show the mud-wasp at its cell
Slenderly busy; swallows, too,
Packing against a beam their nest's clay shell;
And crouching in the dark the owl as well
With all her downy crew
Of owlets gray of hue.
"Summer Noontide" by Madison Julius Cawein
Above its lintel, under mossy eaves,
The mud-wasps build their cells; and in the floor
Of its neglected porch
The black bees nest. Through each deserted door,
Vague as a phantom's footsteps, steal the leaves,
And dropped cones of the larch.
"The Old House" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Mud Daubers, Potter Wasps , and Mason Wasps .