solitary wasps

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(order Hymenoptera, suborder Apocrita)

Name generally given to wasps that do not live in colonies, e.g. potter wasps, mason wasps, and spider-hunting wasps. Mason wasps make nests from particles of sand and soil stuck together with saliva. The nests are found in the soil, in crevices in wood, and in stone walls, and are individually provisioned with paralysed prey for the larva.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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