[AS] An insect somewhat like the bee» but its wings when at rest are laid over the body, and it has a deep division between the thorax and abdomen. Some live in colonies and some alone. When winter approaches all the wasps die except the females, which sleep through the cold. The nests of social wasps are built of paper, beautifully variegated and very durable. The young of social wasps feed on insects and larvae brought to them by the old wasps, who feed mainly on honey and pollen of flowers and sweet juices of fruits. Some wasps make their nests in holes in the ground, and others fasten them to walls or the branches of trees. The sting of the wasp is barbed like that of the bee. Dry seasons are favorable to them. Sugar in some fruits, as grapes and plums, most attacked by wasps, turns into alcohol in the process of rotting, and this makes wasps somnolent, but inclined to sting. The mud-wasp deposits a supply of stunned spiders with its egg in a cell for the larva to feed upon. Sand and wood wasps are solitary kinds. The females dig out cells in rotten wood with their jaws. Sand-wasps dig holes using the hairs on their legs. (See Hornet.)