The Common Mud Dauber Wasp (Chalybion japonicum) is an insect in the Sphecidae family of blue mud dauber wasps. It is also known as the Japanese Mud Dauber Wasp, Japanese Mud Wasp, and Japanese Dirt Dauber.
The Common Mud Dauber Wasp has a long, blue-black body with a very thin, long, waist, and a large head and abdomen. It is known as a thread-waisted body. Its wings are translucent. Its six legs dangle downward when it flies. Its eyes are large. Its antennae have 12-13 segments. It has a stinger, but stings to humans are rare.
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The wasp has a narrow waist. It is so narrow that it looks as if it is hardly there. Why does a wasp have such a small waist?
A waist is the middle part of an animal’s body. In an insect, the waist is between the thorax (chest) and the abdomen (stomach).
The wasp waist is called a petiole.
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The Spiriflex Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron spiriflex) is a medium-sized insect in the Sphecidae family of wasps. It is a sphecid wasp.
The Spiriflex Mud Dauber Wasp has a dull black body with a long yellow waist, called a petiole. Its legs are black with yellow bands. Its antennae are black, and its wings are translucent (clear).
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The Large Mud-Dauber Wasp (Sphecidae) is an insect of East Africa. It is also called Mud Wasp.
The Large Mud-Dauber Wasp has a large head, round thorax, a skinny waist, and a bulbous abdomen. Its eyes are also large. It has six legs attached to its thorax. It has two downward curved antennae. Its body is shiny red-black or red-brown.
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