- any of numerous solitary wasps of the family Sphecidae, which excavate nests in soil, wood, etc., and provision them with prey paralyzed by stinging.
Origin of digger wasp
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for digger wasp
It is very wonderful that Mrs. Digger-Wasp knows where to sting a caterpillar in order to paralyze it and yet not kill it.
Well, Mrs. Digger-Wasp stings one or more of these little knots, which we call ganglia.
- 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
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