Very large wasp or hornet
Jul 10, 2009
There are two of these, they have burrowed into the ground near our house. One is app. 1 inch long, the other is larger, at least 1.5 inches. Brown wings, black body, three distinct stripes on the lower portion of the body. Large reddish brown eyes, black antennae, yellow-orange legs. They attacked other bugs who tried to land on the bush they were on.
We fear that by the time you have received our reply, the poor Cicada Killer in the plastic bag may no longer be excavating in your yard. Cicada Killers are harmless, and though they are large and threatening looking, we have never received a report of anyone being stung. Males which are aggressive and territorial are incapable of stinging, and larger females would rather sting and paralyze Cicadas to feed her brood.