Cicada Wasp Update

None too elegant is the crash landing of a fully laden Cicada-killer Wasp.
And down into the lair goes this cicada. Each of the wasp’s eggs will get from one to three cicadas. The number is sex-dependent, evidently: one cicada is enough for a smaller male wasp; two for a female.
Seeing so many of these big wasps this year. Here’s another nest area. They must have had a very good year last year.
This location, by the way, is the same place favored by the Rufous-backed Cellophane Bees.

2 Responses to “Cicada Wasp Update”

  1. 1 nature969 August 11, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Great photos and narrative!

  2. 2 Donna E August 15, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    I have also noticed an unusual abundance of Cicada-killer wasps this year. In my neighborhood, I fear they outnumber the Cicadas!

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