Subject: Flying bee- or hornet-like insect
Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia suburbs)
July 21, 2017 6:48 am
These bugs (2-3) fly around my front lawn during the day. They don’t seem aggressive; I just typically walk trough them if they’re flying in my path. They are rather large and bigger (and probably less segmented) than a bee or hornet would be.
This large wasp is a Cicada Killer, and your submission is our first report of the season. People fear Cicada Killers because of their size and behavior. Male Cicada Killers are harmless as they cannot sting, but they will patrol an area favorable for nesting and chase other creatures away. Female Cicada Killers sting and paralyze Cicadas to feed the larva that develop in underground burrows. Though they are capable of stinging, the female Cicada Killer is not aggressive and she does not defend her nest.