Cicada Killer Wasps
Cicada Killer Wasps, a part of the digger wasps, are not afraid of attention and usually get it because of their loud buzzing, large size (almost 2 inches long!) and the holes they can dig in your yard. True to their name, these wasps mainly prey on Cicadas in the summertime.
What do they look like?
- 1.5 to 5 cm (2/3 to 2 inches) long, robust wasps with reddish and black areas on the thorax (middle part).
- Black to reddish brown with light yellow stripes on the abdominal (rear) segments. The wings are brownish.
- Coloration may superficially resemble that of yellow jackets or hornets.
What else should I know?
- Commonly seen in late summer skimming around lawns, shrubs, and trees searching for cicadas.
- May be found in well-drained, sandy soils or loose clay in bare or grass covered banks, berms, hills, as well as raised sidewalks, driveways and patio slabs.
- Cicada killer females use their sting to paralyze their prey (cicadas) rather then defend their nests.