Cicada Killer

Every August you’re practically guaranteed to see poor soul someone jump and shout in terror when they see a Cicada Killer Wasp. Sphecius speciosus are big; over an inch, and tend to fly low when they’re not scouting out trees for cicadas to capture.You need a big wasp to take home a big bug. It’s a wrestle.

2 Responses to “Cicada Killer”

  1. 1 Diana Willis June 16, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Do they only eat cicada? I think these guys are flying around my horse.

    • 2 mthew June 17, 2019 at 7:08 am

      Could be a territory issue? They like to nest in relatively soft, exposed earth. Here in NYC area, they don’t emerge from underground until the annual cicadas do, July and especially August.

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