- any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with spiders or insects.
Origin of mud dauber
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for mud dauber
Pelopæus, the Mud-dauber, is now building its earthen cells, plastering them on old rafters and stone walls.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
You break down the mud-dauber wasp's nest from among the rafters of some building.
He patiently watched the mud-dauber going about her house building.
As she swung thus, self-possessed and at ease, suddenly a mud-dauber pounced upon her.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
But in Marions room there is a beam, and against that beam there is the nest of a mud-dauber.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
- any of various wasps of the family Sphecidae, that construct cells of mud or clay in which they lay their eggs and store live insects as food for the developing larvaeSee also digger wasp