What Dauber is this who laid to rest and what spider will he be eating? #733651 - Ask Extension

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What Dauber is this who laid to rest and what spider will he be eating? #733651

Asked November 09, 2020, 10:08 PM EST

My title almost sounds like a Christmas song that I know. lol Anyway, I was just curious if he could be identified and what his prey consists of. 

Calhoun County Michigan

Expert Response

Identifying a mud dauber wasp to the species level typically requires a live or pinned specimen due to the need to look at features on the wing or under high magnification in a microscope. Mud daubers typically collect spiders as food for their offspring.
David Lowenstein Replied November 13, 2020, 9:31 AM EST

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