I'm with you. I'm a mud dauber fan too. Although sometimes I could do without their nests in weird places.
That photo is great! I welcome wasps, but I'm not too happy when they build their nests on my porch. They are unpredictable fliers.
Are you aware that a nest marauder has been busy at the mud dauber's nest? Last fall I watched as a mud dauber made a multiple condo by our back door. i was fascinated by a small wasp that was ever present, hovering as the dauber was daubing. He drilled a neat hole in the mud wall and laid his egg in there. All ready to eat the larva when it hatched. Such goings on.
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