Cicada Killer Wasp – 8/6/12
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 8/6/12
Observation Time: 1:25 p.m.
Observation Location: near Gavins Pond Dam
Common Name: Cicada Killer Wasp
Scientific Name: Sphecius speciosus
Comments: These large, fearsome-looking wasps burrow in the ground. They are actually not aggressive. I found a sandy area near the Gavins Pond Dam that was peppered with their holes. It took a while to figure out that these holes were made by the wasps.
More Information: University of Kentucky
Cicada killer wasp emerging from its burrow:
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Cicada killer wasp burrow: