Solitary Stinging Pests: Cicada Killers

The cicada killer is a large wasp that varies in length from 1 to 1/2 inches and is black or rusty colored with yellow bands on the abdomen. This wasp nests in burrows in the ground and provisions its nests with cicadas. Nesting usually occurs in sod-covered areas but the grass is not harmed. The solitary adult is often seen hovering 1 to 2 feet above the ground. They are non-aggressive but will sting if provoked or trapped against bare skin. Their foods consists of spiders and insects.

“Stinging Pests of People” Revised by Elmer W. Gray

Original document produced by Dr. Beverly Sparks

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