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What Is a Cicada Killer Wasp?

The cicada killer wasps attract attention due to their large size and the burrows that they dig in home lawns.

The wasps feed on flower nectar while the immature or larval stage feeds primarily upon cicadas that are brought to the burrow by the adult.

These insects occur in all states east of the Rocky Mountains and prefer to dig their burrows in sandy, bare, well drained soil exposed to full sunlight.

In spite of their large size, the wasps usually ignore people but they can give a painful sting if bothered.

Females feed, mate, and dig burrows for several weeks before preying on cicadas.

The wasp stings its prey, turns the victim on its back, straddles it, and drags it to the burrow.


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