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mason wasp

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Definition of mason wasp in English:

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.

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