A KillerPosted: September 7, 2015
When this flying creature is spotted, one’s first thought is to run from the world’s biggest bee. This flying killer makes the human heart jump, but thankfully it is only cicadas that this wasp (Sphecius speciosus) is after.
Commonly called Cicada Killers, the females hunt and sting cicadas to feed their offspring in nests that are burrowed 10 to 20 inches into soft soil. The eggs and larvae overwinter and emerge in June and early July.
I first noticed these flying beasts a few years ago. I have to say they are very scary and make a loud buzz. I once saw one carrying a cicada on a pine tree. Neighbors have complained about knocking at their doors that turned out to be the Cicada Killers.
I got a lucky shot of this wasp with my cell phone. The Cicada Killers are only up to 2 inches long, but I swear this one was at least 3 inches as she flew around checking me out.
The Cicada Killers do not hurt humans unless they are handled roughly. I’m not sure who would really want to handle them. I prefer to just let them fly by.