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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mud Dauber Wasp (Hymenoptera Sphecidae) on Saltspring Island Canada

Mud Dauber Wasp (Hymenoptera Sphecidae) Spotted this girl having a rest on a rock on Saltspring Island, BC. This female is foraging for food for her larvae, while the male Mud Dauber guards the cocoon. Spiders are her speciality! The spiders are stung and paralyzed, then stuffed into a larva cell where they become food for the developing larva inside. Pupation occurs while the larvae is inside the cocoon and then go through complete metamorphosis!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2016
Photo Location: Saltspring Island BC Canada, Canada
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Copyright: © Tyson Harrison