Mud nest Larva

Asked July 16, 2017, 5:06 PM EDT

Hello - I recently noticed a mud nest on the bottom of my front door. The nest had no opening. I know it sounds extreme but with climate change I was wondering if it could be termites? I broke the nest open and found the larva shown in the photos below. Since I know little about bugs I'd appreciate your help with identification of these critters. Thanks in advanced for your help. Phil Vaccaro U of M CLA class of 1984 651 252 9855

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

The mud was probably deposited by a wasp-like insect called a mud dauber. We don't know what species.
http://emergencypestpatrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Muddaubernest.jpg

Go here to learn more about mud daubers--they are harmless and may even be considered beneficial:
https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/mud-dauber-wasp