spider wasp

noun

Definition of spider wasp

: any of various solitary wasps that fill their brood cells with spiders which they kill or paralyze by stinging as food for their young

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“Spider wasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider%20wasp. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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