The cicada killer

Cicada Killers

Appearance
Cicada killers are very large and reach sizes of up to 1-9/16 inches or 40mm in length. It has a black abdomen with pale yellow markings on the last three abdominal segments.

Habitat
These wasps appear in the early morning and fly over lawns most of the day leaving later in the evening. These wasps generally do not attack people.

Diet
Cicada killer usually feel on beetle grubs in the ground. When they find a meal they will sting and paralyze it, and deposit an egg on it. When ready the hatched young will feed on the paralyzed beetle grub.

Reproduction
These wasps are solitary. The females build their nests, to which the paralyzed prey is brought, in dry sand where vegetation is sparse.