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On the lookout for digger wasps

Cover picture for the articleLast summer while working in the garden, I was startled when a fast-flying wasp dropped a plump pumpkin spider on the soil in front of me. The wasp landed, grabbed the spider, and wiggled backwards into a small hole I hadn’t noticed, quickly covering the entrance as if to say, “Nothing to see here.” It was the first time I’d seen a digger wasp provisioning an underground nest.

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