Definition of mason wasp in English:

Share this entry

mason wasp

noun

A solitary wasp that lays its eggs in a cavity which it seals with mud or similar material.
  • Several genera in the family Eumenidae.
Example sentences
  • The Purbeck mason wasp is a large, red, black-and-yellow mason wasp which provisions its nest with the caterpillars of a tortricid moth which feeds on heathers.
  • Another solitary wasp, the mason wasp, chooses a flat surface and begins by building a series of arches out of mud or clay.
  • The mason-wasp does not furnish the cell she has thus constructed with pollen and honey, like the solitary bees, but with living caterpillars.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: mason wasp

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.