Nearnest behavior of a solitary muddaubing wasp,Sceliphron caementarium (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae)

@article{Ferguson2005NearnestBO,
  title={Nearnest behavior of a solitary muddaubing wasp,Sceliphron caementarium (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae)},
  author={Carol S. Ferguson and J. H. Hunt},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={2},
  pages={315-323}
}
Mud dauber wasps (Sceliphronspp.)construct nests by sequential flights to gather mud and return it to their aerial nests. Individual S. caementariumdiffer in the mean time spent in four states of construction: approach, daubing, inspection, and departure. Placing a novel object near nests or replacing a white object by a black one resulted in an increase in individuals' approach times but no change in departure times. Removal of objects or replacing a black object by a white one had no effect… 
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