Eastern Cicada Killer – Sphecius speciosus

Yesterday August 20, marked the 3rd day that I have been out photographing since June. I was able to walk around a half-mile.

My son and I visited different places in Plymouth. We ended up at Manomet Point. The tide was out, and most of the birds and seals were at a long distance. In front of me was many Rosa Rugosa that had two-spotted bumblebees gathering pollen.

Suddenly appeared a giant wasp which landed on a rock in front of me and then fluid landed on the leaves of the Rosa. The waters Flying off but returning to either of the two spots and allowed me to capture images.

I was not sure of the species, searching on Google. So I sent images to bug guide, which then returned with the diagnosis so and that this was the Eastern cicada killer – Sphecius speciosus, cicada killers, are a large, solitary wasp which is a digger wasp species. They are so named because they hunt cicadas and provisions in their nests with them. The adults feed on flower nectar and other plant exudates. They can be as long as 2 inches. Adults will emerge around late June or early July and then die off in September October. The females are larger than the male because they must carry the cicada to its nest. The females dig a nest chamber in the burrow and lay an egg on the cicada.

Although they are a large wasp, they are not aggressive and will not sting unless grass roughly stepped upon.

Eastern cicada killer – Sphecius speciosus,
Eastern cicada killer – Sphecius speciosus,
Eastern cicada killer – Sphecius speciosus,

One thought on “Eastern Cicada Killer – Sphecius speciosus

  1. Myer, Wonderful photographs and delighted to hear you are getting stronger and out with your camera.

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