My Perch

Uploaded: July 22, 2012

Description

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.

http://sites.lafayette.edu/hollidac/research/biology-of-cicada-killer-wasps/

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Comments

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe July 22, 2012

Excellent close-up capture Lorraine - Cool info too! #1476210

Douglas Pignet July 22, 2012

very nice macro...great colors #10239786

John Connolly July 22, 2012

Great info and a wonderful macro capture Lorraine! So it is time for these nasties to appear again! #10240217

Anthony G. Comella July 22, 2012

We never stop learning - Awesome close up !!! #10240273

Joy Rector July 23, 2012

excellent capture #10240893

JO ANN CLEVELAND August 24, 2012

Great Macro and very interesting info Lorraine!

jo ann c. #10288277


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