One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fast-moving digger wasp that provisions its nest burrow with spiders that it has caught and paralysed.
Family Pompilidae: many genera
- ‘Every year we get quite large numbers of these black spider-hunting wasps in Emthree.’
- ‘Spider wasps, also called pompilid wasps or spider-hunting wasps, are insects belonging to a diverse family named Pompilidae, of the order Hymenoptera.’
- ‘Its worst enemy is the spider-hunting wasp which forces its way into the spider's burrow, paralyses it with its sting and lays an egg.’
- ‘The female spider-hunting wasps locate their prey and sting them with venom that causes paralysis but does not kill.’
- ‘Despite their well-defended homes, trapdoor spiders are vulnerable to spider-hunting wasps.’
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