Subject: Unusual bee
Location: Suburbs of Chicago, IL
August 9, 2017 7:37 am
This was on our screen, and we have never seen a bee like this one. It was about 1 1/2 inches lond and its stinger was pulsing. Very scary! If possible, please let us know what it is and if it’s dangerous. Thank you!
Signature: Linda & Justin Meyer
Dear Linda and Justin,
This large wasp is a Cicada Killer. Males defend territory and may buzz at humans, but they are perfectly harmless as they do not have stingers. Female Cicada Killers are not aggressive. They use their stinger to sting and paralyze Cicadas to feed to their brood which is housed in an underground burrow.