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Eastern cicada killer

Sphecius speciosus


Adult eastern cicada killer wasps are large, 1.5 to 5.0 centimeters (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)


This wasp was found inside a building and I took her back out to be released. She sat on the fence for a short while and eventually flew away.

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BugEric 7 years ago

No worries! Just add it to the "Hymenoptera of the World" mission instead.

Aaron_G 7 years ago

Hmm... I guess I didn't move it. I swear I went through and took mine out of the mission. Oops! :-D

As for Colorado, my mother is trying to get us there this spring. It might happen! (I'll keep you in the loop)

BugEric 7 years ago

I just removed it, since I have the power to edit. Yeah, I know that the admins let images already placed in the original mission to stand, but I don't want to spread misinformation or create confusion, either. Meanwhile, please come to Colorado and take pictures!

Aaron_G 7 years ago

Hi, Eric! I cleared this one out when the change was made, and I don't see it on my end as showing in your mission any longer. I don't know why it's showing up for you. :-/ (puzzled look)

BugEric 7 years ago

My apologies: Administrators have changed "Wasps of the World" to a local mission. Please consider adding to this one:, "Hymenoptera of the World." Thank you.

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Thanks, all. :-) All photos were taken with my cell phone camera. I was pleased with how they turned out.

FFHRheingau 8 years ago

Impressive :D

Beautiful, BIG wasp! Nice series, Aaron!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Beautiful series.

KeithRoragen 8 years ago

Great series Aaron.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great series and good quality Aaron!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Great shots!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Nice shots and series!

Jeannette 8 years ago

Wow, great series and shots :)

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Jul 16, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012

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