The Hunter and the Hunted

This big wasp has been hanging around the garden.  It is a Cicada Killer Wasp.  As its name implies, it hunts and eats Cicadas.

Within a day, I spotted this Cicada and so far the Killer Wasp did not find it.

This large bug has a face that only its mother could love, but not scary enough to keep from being hunted by the Killer Wasp.

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18 Comments on “The Hunter and the Hunted”

  1. Tina says:

    Great shots. I love cicadas, but everyone must eat–or be eaten.

  2. Deb says:

    Enjoyable post! They are ugly . As a child I loved looking for their shed skeleton skins on trees.

  3. shoreacres says:

    I had a cicada killer flying around here this year — and last — and by the time I figured out what it was, it had disappeared. Since I saw it flying lower and lower every day, and finally saw it fly under a bush, I suspect it had its cicada and was burrowing down to do its thing.

    Next year, maybe I’ll be able to get a photo of mine. Yours are great – both the wasp and the cicada.

    • The first time I saw one, it scared the beejeebers out of me. It looked like the biggest bee I had ever seen. As I am sure it is the same for you, there are way too many bugs here…outside and inside.

  4. Chloris says:

    Wow, what a face and what fantastic photographs.

  5. Cicadas, I have seen, not the killers. I have been clearing the screen porch for winter, finding dirt dobber and wasp nests under cushions!!

  6. Christina says:

    At least there is something for the wasp to eat.

  7. Cecilia says:

    I never liked wasps, but they have a beauty …

  8. That’s nature for you!


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