digger wasp


: a burrowing wasp
especially : any of numerous usually solitary wasps (superfamily Sphecoidea) that dig nest burrows in the soil and provision them with insects or spiders paralyzed by stinging

Examples of digger wasp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cicada killer wasps, also known as the eastern cicada killer or cicada hawks, are a species of the large digger wasp that preys on cicadas. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2024 Such is the life of the Australian plague locust, a common pest that is targeted by the black digger wasp. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 26 Oct. 2011 However, your photo does look similar to a great golden digger wasp which in spite of its large size is not particularly aggressive. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digger wasp was in 1880

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“Digger wasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digger%20wasp. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

digger wasp

dig·​ger wasp
: a burrowing wasp
especially : one that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with insects or spiders paralyzed by stinging
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