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Eastern cicada killer

Sphecius speciosus

Description:

Adult eastern cicada-killer wasps are large, 1.5 to 5.0 centimetres (0.6 to 2.0 in) long, robust wasps with hairy, reddish and black areas on the thorax (middle part), and are black to reddish brown marked with light yellow stripes on the abdominal (rear) segments. The wings are brownish. Coloration superficially resembles that of some yellowjacket and hornet species. The females are somewhat larger than the males, and both are among the largest wasps seen in the Eastern United States, their unusual size giving them a uniquely fearsome appearance. European hornets (Vespa crabro) are often mistaken for Eastern cicada killers. (information from Wikipedia)

Habitat:

City park

Notes:

This is a male and he was patrolling and guarding this flowerbed pretty hard, chasing off other males and even other flying species that happened to wander past his turf.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.15, Long: -95.98

Spotted on Jul 20, 2014
Submitted on Dec 17, 2016

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