Subject: Black killer wasp
Geographic location of the bug: Northern Illinois
Time: 04:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: These two were battling it out, but the wasp won in the end. I thought it may have been a cicada killer, but this one was all black, maybe a little Blueish.
How you want your letter signed: Karin
We are thrilled to be able to post your wonderful images of a female Great Black Wasp and her Katydid prey. The wasp has stung and paralyzed the Katydid and she it trying to get it back to her underground burrow. She is probably climbing the table to give her some height so she can take off and glide toward her nest. According to BugGuide: “Provision nests (in burrow in soft earth) with Katydids or grasshoppers. ” Also commonly called Katydid Hunters, these solitary wasp are not aggressive toward humans.