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What in the world is this???? Flying insect
July 15, 2009
Hi, this flying insect was found in Central Florida in July of 09. It is about 1 1/2 inches long, looks somewhat like a wasp but it burrows into the ground. Apparently it seems to be somewhat aggressive as well. Please help!
Jennifer
Central Florida

Cicada Killer in flight

Cicada Killer in flight

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for submitting the first Cicada Killer photo of the summer.  The Cicada Killer is a true harbinger of summer in eastern North America.  This large solitary wasp often constructs its underground burrows as a colony, near others of its species.  Every year we get countless reports from terrified readers requesting this identification.  Though they seem defensive, Cicada Killers are not known to attack people.  The larger female Cicada Killer could potentially sting a person, but we have never received a substantiated report of such an occurrence.  The territorial male Cicada Killers cannot sting.  Cicada Killer females hunt and paralyze Cicadas, and then drag and fly them back to the burrows where they lay a single egg per Cicada.  The paralyzed Cicada is fresh meat for the developing larva.  We have numerous images and accounts of Cicada Killers in our archives.
We have also had more than our share of Cicada Killers wind up on our Unnecessary Carnage page due to human intolerance.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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