- any of certain sphecid wasps of the subfamily Bembicinae that nest in the ground and are common along the seashore.
Origin of sand wasp
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for sand wasp
This is the terrible enemy against which the Sand-Wasp comes to our aid.
Some of these grains the Sand-Wasp does not treat as she does the rest.
There is a remarkably pretty, and very variable, sand-wasp, which is plentiful in most parts of the country.Insect Architecture
The Sand-Wasp digs by herself, quietly, without hurrying, without any joyous enthusiasm.
These are towers built by the sand-wasp of the pieces of rubbish which she scoops out of her mine.The Life of an Insect
- a solitary wasp of the subfamily Sphecinae, a subgroup of the digger wasps most of which nest in sandy ground
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