Known prey organisms
This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Chalybion californicum
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 15
Species With Barcodes: 1
Blue mud dauber
The blue mud dauber (Chalybion californicum) is a metallic blue species of mud dauber wasp that preys primarily on black widow spiders. It does not build a nest, but uses nests abandoned by other mud dauber wasps. Like other mud daubers, it is rarely aggressive. It is similar in shape and colour to the steel-blue cricket hunter (Chlorion aerarium).
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- M. C. Day (1979). "The species of Hymenoptera described by Linnaeus in the genera Sphex, Chrysis, Vespa, Apis and Mutilla". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 12 (1): 45–84. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.1979.tb00049.x.
- B. M. Drees & J. Jackman (1999). "Mud Daubers". Field Guide to Texas Insects. Texas A&M University.
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