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When I first saw this going on, I thought it was a yellow jacket. But given its size and the rusty red coloration lead me to believe it might be a European hornet or something similar. Can anyone confirm? The cicada was still alive when I first saw this. After a struggle that lasted about 90 seconds, the cicada was dead and the hornet began its meal.
Found in my backyard, under a cedar tree, bordering a large woodlot.
Spotted on Aug 31, 2012
Submitted on Aug 31, 2012