Subject: Giant Wasp?
Location: Andover, NJ, butterfly garden
July 22, 2012 12:24 pm
And another one for you … I found several of these giants flying around in a patch of bee balm. They are a little over an inch in length and seemed to be aggressive with each other, as if defending a territory perhaps? They weren’t in the least interested in me, allowing me to poke my camera within inches before buzzing off.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Cicada Killer

Hi Deborah,
This impressive wasp is a Cicada Killer and they are frequently the victims of Unnecessary Carnage because people are frightened they might sting.  Thanks for confirming that they do not act aggressively towards people, even those with cameras.

Thanks for the quick id on this one!  Good to know I was right that they weren’t aggressive.  J

Location: New Jersey

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