cuckoo wasp


Definition of cuckoo wasp

: any of certain usually brilliantly metallic-green or metallic-blue wasps that constitute the family Chrysididae or the superfamily Chrysidoidea and lay their eggs in the provisioned larval cells of other hymenopterous insects

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“Cuckoo wasp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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