Mud Dauber Wasp
Mud Daubers are quite common in the Northwest, building their nests mainly from mud. They are about 1″ in length, and have a long body, similar to a Paper wasp. Like Paper wasps, Mud Daubers have two body sections, but a distinct long, string-like waist section that differentiate them from Paper wasps. They come in several different colors, but the most common are black and yellow. They are independent and do not live in colonies. They are non-aggressive, and very rarely sting. Like most wasps, Mud Daubers are predators. Black and yellow mud daubers mostly prey on rather small, colorful spiders, such as crab spiders and other related species, orb weavers and some jumping spiders. They usually find them in and around all different sorts of plant life.