Giant Wasp Summer Time

The Cicada-killer Wasps are out and about. They’ll take whole grassy knolls as their right and privilege. They’re so big you can easily see the variations of patterning and coloring on them. Insects are often taxed with looking exactly alike, but not if you look carefully.
The females, notably larger than the males, excavate tunnels for their nests. These they pack with paralyzed cicadas as food for their larvae.
Here’s one backing out, kicking back dirt as she goes.
A wider view of one patch, with about seven nests. But not all these are necessarily Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosu); buzz back tomorrow to see who else likes to nest in such surroundings.

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