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Cicada killer

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Davidbygott
Davidbygott 5 years ago



Fooled me at first...I thought, what's a Western or Pacific C-K doing in TN? But the distinctive head shape and shorter abdomen make it a Euro Hornet. Interesting that they too prey on cicadas. It shouldn't have been laying eggs in the cicada, but might have been stinging to subdue it. I'll post a spotting of Sphecius convallis to show the difference.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 7 years ago

Any update on this spotting, Lindsey?

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

You could submit this to BugGuide.net and ask them to help with an ID. Welcome to Noah!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 7 years ago

It's great that you got to observe this and capture it to share here. Outstanding spotting.

LindseyWilbur
LindseyWilbur 7 years ago

The european hornet is much smaller than the cicada killer. This was one of the largest I had ever seen. Also, the cicada killer was laying eggs into this cicada, not sure if the European hornets do the same?

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 7 years ago

It's an understandable mistake, given it seems to have captured a cicada. I had to do a double-take myself.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Keith, I was thinking that about the yellow as well (but was apparently distracted when I made my initial suggestion). I agree that it looks much more like a European Hornet. Sorry about the confusion Lindsey.

LindseyWilbur
LindseyWilbur 7 years ago

Do they dive bomb cicadas? My husband and I saw many while camping and he remembers seeing them as a child. I had never seen one though. Thanks for the input :)

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 7 years ago

A bit too much yellow on the abdomen for a Cicada Killer. I'm thinking European Hornet - Vespa crabro.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/213020

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Awesome action shot! Cicada Killers are one of the largest North American wasps.

LindseyWilbur
Spotted by
LindseyWilbur

Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012

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