Definition of cuckoo wasp in English:

cuckoo wasp


  • A wasp which lays its eggs in the nest of a bee or another kind of wasp, in particular.

    • ‘There are approximately 3000 species of cuckoo wasps throughout the world, including about 230 species in the United States and Canada.’
    • ‘The cuckoo wasps, as well as the other Hymenoptera previously discussed, are unable to inflict any sort of sting.’
    • ‘If the female cuckoo wasp is discovered invading the Mud-dauber's nest, she rolls into a ball and uses special armour plates on her body to protect her.’
    • ‘Parasitoids usually target certain groups; for example, spider wasps infect spiders and cuckoo wasps infect other wasps.’
    • ‘We investigate the interaction with a specialised cuckoo wasp whose larvae kill the beewolf larvae.’
    • ‘Some species of cuckoo wasps (family Chrysididae) invade the nests of wasps or bees, kill the larvae they find, and deposit their own eggs on the stored provisions.’
    • ‘The cuckoo wasp has no workers and therefore lays its eggs in the nest of the red wasp where they are reared by the red wasp workers.’
    • ‘The cuckoo wasp gets its name because it, too, is a nest parasite.’
    • ‘The cuckoo wasp eggs develop into males and fertile females only - no cuckoo wasp workers are produced.’
    • ‘Ground nests are parasitized by bright green cuckoo wasps, by fuzzy colorful ‘velvet ants’ (be careful, velvet ants have a painful sting), and sometimes by parasitic bees with sharply pointed abdomens.’
    • ‘Should the bee return whilst the cuckoo-wasp is still present, the cuckoo wasp curls up into a tight ball.’
    • ‘The cuckoo wasp is predatory of sand wasps and lays its larvae in the nests of hosts after killing the host larvae.’
    • ‘Based on chemical and genetic data, I am trying to find out, whether there are different host-races in the cuckoo wasp.’