Subject: Giant Hornet in NYC?
Geographic location of the bug: Brooklyn, NY
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
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.