While both wasps and mud daubers look extremely similar, their personalities are quite different. Here is everything you should know about the differences between wasps and mud daubers, and why mud daubers aren’t to be feared!
The Way They Look
Mud daubers have a similar body shape and size to wasps, but there are some noticeable differences. Mud daubers can sometimes be a bit larger than wasps, but don’t let that intimidate you! While wasps have bright yellow stripes along their body, mud daubers usually only have a couple of yellow stripes, if any. They’re usually a solid black or brown color, and the biggest difference between the two is that mud daubers have an extremely slender torso – about as narrow as a string.
Do Mud Daubers Sting Like Wasps?
The main thing to keep in mind about mud daubers is that they do not protect their nests in the same way that the common wasp does. While a wasp can be quick to sting you because they feel threatened, mud daubers will not sting you unless you are attempting to handle them. In about 99% of the time, mud daubers only sting when killing their prey, usually small insects.
Where They Live
Wasps like to build their nests under porches and decks and other secluded and shaded areas, like woodpiles. Their honeycomb-like nest shape is very easy to identify, and most people know to stay away to avoid threatening them. However, mud dauber nests look like little clumps of mud with holes in them. Mud daubers also like to nest in shaded areas like garages and porches. However, their nests aren’t dangerous like wasp nests can be.
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