Subject:  Giant Hornet in NYC?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brooklyn, NY
Date: 08/13/2018
Time: 09:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was on the outside of our window in Brooklyn. It was huge. I held a ruler up to it and it was 2 inches. It looked like some sort of bee, wasp, or hornet….
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy

Cicada Killer

Dear Tommy,
Just because you live in the city does not mean there is no wildlife.  This impressive wasp is a Cicada Killer.  Cicada Killers are not dangerously aggressive towards humans, though males which lack stingers will defend territory by buzzing any perceived threat.  The female Cicada Killer does have a stinger that she uses to sting and paralyze Cicadas to provide food for her brood.

Awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to identify this for me. Have a great rest of the day.

Location: Brooklyn, New York

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