digger wasp


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digger wasp

n.
Any of several burrowing, usually solitary wasps of the family Sphecidae that excavate nests in soil which they provision with prey paralyzed by stinging for their larvae to feed on.

digger wasp

n
(Animals) any solitary wasp of the families Sphecidae and Pamphilidae that digs nest holes in the ground, rotten wood, or a hollow stem and stocks them with live insects for the larvae

dig′ger wasp`


n.
any of numerous solitary wasps of the family Sphecidae that excavate nests, as in soil, and provision them with prey paralyzed by stinging.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.digger wasp - solitary wasp that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with paralyzed insects for the larvaedigger wasp - solitary wasp that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with paralyzed insects for the larvae
sphecoid, sphecoid wasp - any of various solitary wasps
cicada killer, Sphecius speciosis - large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadas
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