Digger/Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex

Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Digger Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
The Digger, also called Mud Dauber, Wasp is one of several with that name due to the female's habit of sealing her nesting tubes (containing spiders/caterpillars for the larvae) with mud.
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex, distinctive with its yellow thread waist, lives in much of Africa and some of southern Europe.
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex gathering mud
It is often found gathering mud for the nests.
Digger Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
More mud
Digger Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
The wasp in flight is also distinctive, with its long back legs trailing down and behind.
Digger Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex The long, yellow waist and shortened, black abdomen
Digger Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex
Mud Dauber Wasp Sceliphron spiriflex