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Mud Dauber #8

Next day...more action! Over the space of about 6 hours I witnessed about 10 events just like this. 

 

Some Mud Daubers favour spiders, while others use crickets as food for their young. This one caught and delivered only green caterpillars. The visits to the nest were very rapid, so there was little time to make the shots.

 

This is not a good image, but I show it so you may see how she carried the grubs to the nest...positioned so they can be quickly fed into the capsule opening.

 

mud dauber

 

And, here is a tiny video to illustrate how she fed them into the capsule...I feel it gives another clue to why she was so careful about building the fluted opening.

 

Mud Dauber #8

Next day...more action! Over the space of about 6 hours I witnessed about 10 events just like this. 

 

Some Mud Daubers favour spiders, while others use crickets as food for their young. This one caught and delivered only green caterpillars. The visits to the nest were very rapid, so there was little time to make the shots.

 

This is not a good image, but I show it so you may see how she carried the grubs to the nest...positioned so they can be quickly fed into the capsule opening.

 

mud dauber

 

And, here is a tiny video to illustrate how she fed them into the capsule...I feel it gives another clue to why she was so careful about building the fluted opening.

 

comments (13)

Oh good girl! Mighty huntress!
Ray: Yes...She seems very good at all the things She does, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 25 Jul 2016, 05:02
C'est l'heure du repas, la chasse a été bonne.
Ray: Le Dauber de Boue semble efficace et capable dans tout ce qu'elle fait, Martine.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 25 Jul 2016, 05:57
The caterpillars slide in easily, Ray. Presumably this is in preparation for when the eggs hatch
Ray: Food to last the whole "journey" until the offspring emerges, fully developed, from the capsule, Lisl. Tomorrow there is another stage in the process.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2016, 06:33
Amazing stuff, I wasn't expecting this!
Ray: I was pretty much chronically drop-jawed for 2 days, Chris.
Fascinating images Ray! Great video too.
Ray: It was great fun to witness, Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jul 2016, 07:13
raally fascinating photographs and descriptions!
Ray: Thank you, Philine. It was a major attraction for two days.
This just gets more and more amazing!
Ray: Great fun on the computer desk top, Bill.
It must take some patience to study this Ray. Your enthusiasm shines through though.
Ray: I like this stuff, Chad, and it was brilliant to have the story developing right in front of me while I sat at the computer desk.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2016, 08:21
"Oh no green caterpillars again, Mum! Can't we have chips? Or perhaps cake?" Some fabulous images again.
Ray: Mini Devonshire Teas packs might do well here, Alan.
The video was very good as it showed the speed at which this was happening. She is a machine!
Ray: She seems entirely dedicated to the process of passing on her genes, Mary.

She knew I was very close...in fact she sometimes buzzed me on her way to the open window...but never seemed miffed or even very interested.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jul 2016, 12:32
Hah, you caught the grubby action. Say 10 visits is correct - I wonder how she fits the last ones in. Surely the flute/funnel helps, but they are long objects and should start hanging out like a caterpillar arrangement. I bet this kind of action wasn't caught on a lens before smile
Ray: I expected she would fit 3 or 4 grubs in the capsule with her egg, Louis, so was amazed by she just kept stuffing them in!

One youngster broke out of its capsule this morning...I just glimpsed it flying away, and then checked and found a small hole drilled in capsule #1. I was not alert enough to get the action on camera. sad
An industrious little fella
Fantastic!

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