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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mud′ daub`er(n.)

  1. any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with paralyzed spiders or insects for the larvae to feed on.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of mud dauber:

1855–60, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mud dauber(noun)

    wasp that constructs mud cells on a solid base in which females place eggs laid in paralyzed insect larvae

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  1. Mud dauber

    Mud dauber is a name commonly applied to a number of wasps from either the family Sphecidae or Crabronidae that build their nests from mud. Mud daubers are long, slender wasps about 25-30mm in length; the latter two species above have thread-like waists. The name of this wasp group comes from the nests that are made by the females, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp's mandibles. Mud daubers are rarely aggressive and stings are very uncommon.

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