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Sceliphron spirifex  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Main synonym = Sphex spirifex    Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Sphecidae
Mud-dauber     Żunżana taz-zokk
Further Information:
Constructs cells made of mud. The mud is produced by mixing some soil with saliva and then the wasp carries the ball of mud and uses it to construct the cell by patting it with its legs. It then paralyses a caterpillar and puts it in the cell and it lays one egg. When the larva hatches it feeds on the paralysed caterpillar. The female constructs the nest and also apart from caterpillars it may capture and store spiders in the nest.




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