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    narnian
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    This is a cicada killer caught as it is stinging a cicada to paralyze it.(the underside of this cicada is white) This is a huge wasp.

    Here is some info:

    Cicada Killers are seen in early Summer. After mating, the female wasp digs a burrow about six inches deep in the soil. Inside the burrow, she will make several cells, or small oval-shaped chambers. You can usually tell a Cicada Killer’s burrow by the U-shaped dirt around the hole.
    Next, the female wasp hunts cicadas. Cicadas are a very important food source for young wasps. Once she finds one, she will sting it and paralyze the insect. Then the wasp will carry the cicada, which may weigh three times her own weight, back to the burrow. She will put the cicada in one of the cells and lay an egg on it. The female wasp will continue hunting cicadas until she has filled the cells of her burrow. Each cicada body gets its own egg.


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    Jill Staake
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    Nice capture! It reminded me a bit of a photo I took a few years ago of one dragonfly cannibalizing another one. A little gruesome, perhaps, but that’s nature for you!



    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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