These solitary wasps rarely sting.
They ambush cicadas, oftentimes in mid-air. Even their larvae eat cicadas. Adults also drink flower nectar.
They are mostly seen in the summer and form nests underground. Large nests are problematic on lawns so they are sometimes considered a nuisance.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Cicada Killer
Scientific Name: Sphecius speciosus
Adult Size (Length): 30mm to 50mm (1.18in to 1.97in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; brown; orange
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska
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