- Become a better photographer today!
remember me:     

Photo Discussion

To participate in the Forum, become a BetterPhoto member or Sign In.

My Perch
  My Perch
My Perch

The cicada killer is a large digger wasp. They use cicadas as prey. The wasps are so named because they hunt cicadas. The female wasps paralyze the cicadas with their stinger and provision their nests/burrows with them. Cicada killers exert a measure of natural control on cicada populations and thus may directly benefit the deciduous trees upon which their cicada prey feed.

Although these wasps are large, females are not aggressive and rarely sting unless grasped roughly or stepped on with bare feet. Males aggressively defend their perch on nesting sites against rival males but they have no stinger.

(Pictured is a male cicada killer wasp.)

To learn more about these fascinating wasps visit Professor Chuck Holliday's website.

Have a Restful Day!!<:))

© Lorraine A. Cook
Canon Powershot S3...

Jeff W. Robinson
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Jeff
Jeff's Gallery

member since: 10/17/2002
    Excellent close-up capture Lorraine - Cool info too!

7/22/2012 3:18:00 AM

Doug Pignet
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Doug
Doug's Gallery

member since: 1/6/2008

very nice macro...great colors

7/22/2012 5:31:49 AM

John Connolly
BetterPhoto Member
Contact John
John's Gallery

member since: 2/28/2003

Great info and a wonderful macro capture Lorraine! So it is time for these nasties to appear again!

7/22/2012 2:18:53 PM

Anthony G. Comella
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/8/2007

We never stop learning - Awesome close up !!!

7/22/2012 3:33:04 PM

Joy Rector
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Joy
Joy's Gallery

member since: 6/26/2002

excellent capture

7/23/2012 5:30:54 AM

BetterPhoto Member
Contact JO ANN
JO ANN's Gallery

member since: 3/16/2006

Great Macro and very interesting info Lorraine!

jo ann c.

8/24/2012 9:07:59 AM

To participate in the Forum, become a BetterPhoto member or Sign In.

Copyright 1996-2014, Inc. All Rights Reserved.