cicada-killer wasp

cicada-killer wasp

      a species of large wasp in the family Sphecidae (order Hymenoptera) that is black or rusty in colour with yellow abdominal bands, similar in appearance to a hornet. Individuals range in size from 2.5 to 3.8 cm (1 to 1.5 inches).

      Adult females hunt for cicadas, usually locating them in trees using their vision and sometimes catching the cicada in flight. Cicadas are paralyzed and stored in underground burrows, where an egg is placed on top of the cicada by the female wasp. Within a few days the egg hatches, and the larva feeds on the cicada. Since the cicada is not dead, it remains as a fresh food source for the immature wasp.

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