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Eastern Cicada Killer

Sphecius speciosus


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!


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


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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