Large Predatory Wasp
Location: Waterford, CT
July 16, 2011 2:44 pm
Every year without fail a few large wasps make burrows around our yard and attack anyone who dares walk past. We were under the impression they were cicada killers, so we left them alone up until now. This one burrowed right by the door, and went after me, so we have to kill it to make sure it didn’t go after our 1 year old daughter. To our surprise, it is not a cicada killer, but it is scary. What is it?
This poor dead creature is a Great Golden Digger Wasp. They prey upon Katydids, which they sting and paralyze. Then the Katydid is dragged to a burrow and buried after an egg is laid upon it. Adult Great Golden Digger Wasps are pollinators. They are a beneficial species and it is our opinion that they should not be killed because of the fear of a potential sting. It is also our opinion that if your one year old daughter managed to let herself out of the door, there are far greater dangers awaiting her in the world than a solitary wasp that is trying to provide for her own brood. Solitary Wasps do not tend to be aggressive, and the chances of being stung by one are not very great.