Feeding the Cicada Killers
Location: Cumberland Plateau, rural southeast Tennessee
August 14, 2011 4:42 pm
We have recently had at least two wasps, which I believe are Cicada Killers, feeding at our Hummingbird feeders. I noticed that you had a photo of one feeding on a tree and mentioned not having many photos of them feeding. Trust me that the hummingbirds are not amused to have these visitors chase them away from their perches at the feeder! Thanks as always, for your continued work.
Signature: Bob Kieffer
You have mistaken this Baldfaced Hornet for a Cicada Killer. We once accused them of being aggressive, but we have since softened our assessment. Baldfaced Hornets are not an aggressive species, however, they are social wasps and they will defend their nest from any perceived threats. See this posting for an image of a large paper nest.