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Eastern Cicada Killer

Sphecius speciosus

Description:

big intimidating wasp, black abdomen with distinctive yellow stripes, reddish-brownish wings, burrows in ground, supposedly harmless to humans but deadly to cicadas. Will paralyze a cicada, bring it into the ground nest, and have its larvae feed off of it. brutal!

Habitat:

nests in the ground in grassy areas of Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Notes:

intimidating though it is not aggressive towards people

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New York City, New York, USA

Lat: 40.67, Long: -73.97

Spotted on Aug 2, 2010
Submitted on Aug 2, 2010

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