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Eastern Cicada Killer feeding on nectar from a Dill plant. #cicadakiller #naturephotography #100mmmacro #macrophotography #canon77d #diggerwasp

Eastern Cicada Killer feeding on nectar from a Dill plant. #cicadakiller #naturephotography #100mmmacro #macrophotography #canon77d #diggerwasp - 7 hours ago

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Yum 
#cavachon #cicadakiller #loladdog #goodcrunch  #shewashungry #cavachon_daily

Yum #cavachon #cicadakiller #loladdog #goodcrunch #shewashungry #cavachon_daily - 8 hours ago

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Found this dead #cicadakiller in the driveway, cool looking #wasp! Also not a baby picture for once 😂
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#cicadakillerwasp #cicadahawk #insects #texas #deadwasp #bigwasp #notababypic #natureiscool

Found this dead #cicadakiller in the driveway, cool looking #wasp ! Also not a baby picture for once . . #cicadakillerwasp #cicadahawk #insects #texas #deadwasp #bigwasp #notababypic #natureiscool - 11 hours ago

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The giant Cicada Killer Wasp.  This beauty has a half inch long stinger. :)

The giant Cicada Killer Wasp. This beauty has a half inch long stinger. :) - 14 hours ago

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Cicada Killer does NOT approve of your Summer plans. #cicadakiller

Cicada Killer does NOT approve of your Summer plans. #cicadakiller - 15 hours ago

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Eastern Cicada Killer found on my Friday walk.
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#easterncicadakiller #cicadakiller #cicadahawk #midwest #nature #insects #walks #omahahaha #amazing #bugs #stuff #love #femaleinsects #femalebugs #ladies #ladybugs #hurrhurrhurr

Eastern Cicada Killer found on my Friday walk. . . . #easterncicadakiller #cicadakiller #cicadahawk #midwest #nature #insects #walks #omahahaha #amazing #bugs #stuff #love #femaleinsects #femalebugs #ladies #ladybugs #hurrhurrhurr - 17 hours ago

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Summertime.  #outmybackdoor #gooseberryintimates #cicadakiller #mrtoad

Summertime. #outmybackdoor #gooseberryintimates #cicadakiller #mrtoad - 23 hours ago

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Ick 
#photography #photo #hobby #callistascreations #outdoorphotography #cicadakiller #bee #wasp

Ick #photography #photo #hobby #callistascreations #outdoorphotography #cicadakiller #bee #wasp - 2 days ago

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Killed this dude at work ... cicada killer 0 Lauren 1 #cicada #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp

Killed this dude at work ... cicada killer 0 Lauren 1 #cicada #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp - 2 days ago

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Male Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp
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Often referred to as the cicada killer or cicada hawk, they hunt cicadas and provision their nests with them. They can grow up to 2 inches long. Females use their sting to paralyze their prey, rather than to defend their nests. Whereas males have no stinger, but grapple with other males to defend their nests. Cicada killers exert a measure of natural control on cicada populations and thus may directly benefit the deciduous trees upon which their cicada prey feed.
#CicadaKiller #Wasp #GentleGiants #InsectPhotography

Male Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp • Often referred to as the cicada killer or cicada hawk, they hunt cicadas and provision their nests with them. They can grow up to 2 inches long. Females use their sting to paralyze their prey, rather than to defend their nests. Whereas males have no stinger, but grapple with other males to defend their nests. Cicada killers exert a measure of natural control on cicada populations and thus may directly benefit the deciduous trees upon which their cicada prey feed. #CicadaKiller #Wasp #GentleGiants #InsectPhotography - 2 days ago

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This interruption in my backyard Red Sox-on-my-iPad viewing pleasure was brought to me by... the #cicadakiller 
She dragged it up the Adirondack chair for some help with take off, then flew off to her nest
#summer

This interruption in my backyard Red Sox-on-my-iPad viewing pleasure was brought to me by... the #cicadakiller She dragged it up the Adirondack chair for some help with take off, then flew off to her nest #summer - 2 days ago

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Just a nectar-lovin' pussycat, really #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #spheciusspeciosus

Just a nectar-lovin' pussycat, really #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #spheciusspeciosus - 2 days ago

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#cicadakiller #wasp #ginormous

#cicadakiller #wasp #ginormous - 3 days ago

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#cicadakiller #wasp getting some morning sun

#cicadakiller #wasp getting some morning sun - 3 days ago

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They’re back! #easterncicadakiller #cicadakiller #wasp #nature_brilliance #pocket_insects #mygarden #insectagram #insects_of_our_world #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturehippys #bigbee #lancasterpa

They’re back! #easterncicadakiller #cicadakiller #wasp #nature_brilliance #pocket_insects #mygarden #insectagram #insects_of_our_world #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturehippys #bigbee #lancasterpa - 3 days ago

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This little beauty from today. 😍 #hornet #cicadakiller #insect #insects #bug #fly #wings #insects_of_our_world #nature #naturelovers #work #friday #amazing #beautiful #gorgeous #beauty #dope #save #summer #texas #wasp #bugs #bug #rad #excited #cool #hot #heat #working #stoked

This little beauty from today. #hornet #cicadakiller #insect #insects #bug #fly #wings #insects_of_our_world #nature #naturelovers #work #friday #amazing #beautiful #gorgeous #beauty #dope #save #summer #texas #wasp #bugs #bug #rad #excited #cool #hot #heat #working #stoked - 4 days ago

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Cicada killer living up to its name #cicadakiller #cicadas #bugsofNY

Cicada killer living up to its name #cicadakiller #cicadas #bugsofNY - 4 days ago

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Cicada killer wasp mating season. There are 1,000's of them in the area I need to be gardening in right now. #wasp #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #nature #naturephotography #prairielife #stayingouttheway #insects

Cicada killer wasp mating season. There are 1,000's of them in the area I need to be gardening in right now. #wasp #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #nature #naturephotography #prairielife #stayingouttheway #insects - 4 days ago

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Our yearly visitor has returned #cicadakiller #cincinnati #ohio

Our yearly visitor has returned #cicadakiller #cincinnati #ohio - 4 days ago

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This is Cecil the Cicada Killer. He hangs out with me while I water my plants. #cicadakiller #wasp #insect #gardening

This is Cecil the Cicada Killer. He hangs out with me while I water my plants. #cicadakiller #wasp #insect #gardening - 4 days ago

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A beautiful Cicada killer wasp (Sphecius specious) I found laying dead on a sidewalk this morning. While this species of wasp are HUGE, they are solitary and typically don’t pose any risks to humans. Cicadas, on the other hand, should stay clear. #nature #wildlife #macro #insects #entomology #hymenoptera #wasp #cicadakiller #cicadahawk #cicada #itsasmallhelicopter #fridaythe13th

A beautiful Cicada killer wasp (Sphecius specious) I found laying dead on a sidewalk this morning. While this species of wasp are HUGE, they are solitary and typically don’t pose any risks to humans. Cicadas, on the other hand, should stay clear. #nature #wildlife #macro #insects #entomology #hymenoptera #wasp #cicadakiller #cicadahawk #cicada #itsasmallhelicopter #fridaythe13th - 4 days ago

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Cicada killers in action..........2 steps from our office door. 
#cicadakiller #newmascot

Cicada killers in action..........2 steps from our office door. #cicadakiller #newmascot - 5 days ago

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Cicadas! Strange and Wonderful 🕷🕸🐝 by Laurence Pringle and Meryl Henderson.
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Cicadas are one of those animals that hold a place of fascination in childrens’ minds, because of the amazing nymph skin they leave behind! See pictures 2 and 4 if you don’t know what I’m referring to. (And now I’m really curious - please comment if you are unfamiliar with this insect). This book gives a fascinating explanation of their VERY LONG life cycle, as well as different kinds all over the world and environmental hazards. The text flows smoothly, and the artwork is warm and friendly.
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Hazards include humans, whose construction efforts have the ability to wipe out whole broods of periodical cicadas in one project, and cicada killer wasps who resemble something out of a nightmare and are almost as large 😬 (swipe to see picture, taken by Steven Kritchen, Bugguide.net).
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Side note: these wasps are forever engraved in my memory because I stung by one while I was trimming the bush it had a nest in. Be nice to your groundsworkers - trimming plants is dangerous business 😜
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Back to the book - this is a great science supplement for established readers (8ish to 14?), or as a read aloud to littles (though some of the pages should probably be summarized, not read verbatim). The last page gives an overview of the different years periodical cicadas come up from the ground, and areas where the broods are located. Take a look at your area and see when the next cicadapocalypse is due!
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Last picture shows a cicada in Thailand - you won’t believe how big it is!!! 😱 I’m so glad they’re smaller over here 😂😇
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Did you grow up with cicadas? Do you love or hate them? Let me know down below 👇🏼👇🏽👇🏾
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#LaurencePringle #MerylHenderson #cicada #periodicalcicada #cicadakiller #insectbook #naturalhistory

Cicadas! Strange and Wonderful 🕷🕸 by Laurence Pringle and Meryl Henderson. — Cicadas are one of those animals that hold a place of fascination in childrens’ minds, because of the amazing nymph skin they leave behind! See pictures 2 and 4 if you don’t know what I’m referring to. (And now I’m really curious - please comment if you are unfamiliar with this insect). This book gives a fascinating explanation of their VERY LONG life cycle, as well as different kinds all over the world and environmental hazards. The text flows smoothly, and the artwork is warm and friendly. — Hazards include humans, whose construction efforts have the ability to wipe out whole broods of periodical cicadas in one project, and cicada killer wasps who resemble something out of a nightmare and are almost as large 😬 (swipe to see picture, taken by Steven Kritchen, Bugguide.net). — Side note: these wasps are forever engraved in my memory because I stung by one while I was trimming the bush it had a nest in. Be nice to your groundsworkers - trimming plants is dangerous business — Back to the book - this is a great science supplement for established readers (8ish to 14?), or as a read aloud to littles (though some of the pages should probably be summarized, not read verbatim). The last page gives an overview of the different years periodical cicadas come up from the ground, and areas where the broods are located. Take a look at your area and see when the next cicadapocalypse is due! — Last picture shows a cicada in Thailand - you won’t believe how big it is!!! I’m so glad they’re smaller over here 😇 — Did you grow up with cicadas? Do you love or hate them? Let me know down below 🏼🏽🏾 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #LaurencePringle #MerylHenderson #cicada #periodicalcicada #cicadakiller #insectbook #naturalhistory - 5 days ago

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Saw this cicada on the patio table and wondered if he was newly emerged this late in the “WHYBARE THE TREES SCREAMING?” season, then remembered the cicada killers (a relatively harmless type of wasp) flying about earlier. Flipped it over and yep. Pic two shows the stinger puncture mark. I got out of the way so if she comes back, she can carry dinner home. 
While frightening looking (pic 3) these are incredibly helpful wasps, definitely of the non-jerk variety. They don’t seem to care much about humans, won’t attack you if you get close to their nests, located in the ground and particularly in dry, exposed earth or sand. They’re pretty helpful in controlling the cicada population, which can damage crops. Also, it’s kind of neat to watch these giants buzz the ground and air looking for food. 
Wasps, while scary, ARE super beneficial. 
#cicada #talesofamastergardener #insects #wasps #cicadakiller #nature #garden #gardening #dontbescared!

Saw this cicada on the patio table and wondered if he was newly emerged this late in the “WHYBARE THE TREES SCREAMING?” season, then remembered the cicada killers (a relatively harmless type of wasp) flying about earlier. Flipped it over and yep. Pic two shows the stinger puncture mark. I got out of the way so if she comes back, she can carry dinner home. While frightening looking (pic 3) these are incredibly helpful wasps, definitely of the non-jerk variety. They don’t seem to care much about humans, won’t attack you if you get close to their nests, located in the ground and particularly in dry, exposed earth or sand. They’re pretty helpful in controlling the cicada population, which can damage crops. Also, it’s kind of neat to watch these giants buzz the ground and air looking for food. Wasps, while scary, ARE super beneficial. #cicada #talesofamastergardener #insects #wasps #cicadakiller #nature #garden #gardening #dontbescared ! - 6 days ago

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Cicada killer season is in full swing! 
Eastern Cicada Killer wasp (Sphecius Speciosus)
#nature #cicadakiller

Cicada killer season is in full swing! Eastern Cicada Killer wasp (Sphecius Speciosus) #nature #cicadakiller - 6 days ago

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Deceased cicada killer (Sphecius speciosus). They are a social species of wasp that dig holes in the ground. Despite the large size, they are more docile than they appear. Maybe I’ll hold one someday.. | #cicadakiller #wasp #wasps #diggerwasp #spheciusspeciosus #bug #bugs #insect #insects #gentlegiant #nature #entomology #florida #wildlifephotography #floridawildlife #wildlife

Deceased cicada killer (Sphecius speciosus). They are a social species of wasp that dig holes in the ground. Despite the large size, they are more docile than they appear. Maybe I’ll hold one someday.. | #cicadakiller #wasp #wasps #diggerwasp #spheciusspeciosus #bug #bugs #insect #insects #gentlegiant #nature #entomology #florida #wildlifephotography #floridawildlife #wildlife - 7 days ago

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Cicada Killer Wasps are huge😱 Females like this one are twice as large as the males and grow to be about 2 inches long. Only the females have stingers though. Thankfully they aren't aggressive (unless you are a cicada )and aren't known to sting humans unless mishandled.  Even so, they are very intimidating to look at lol. This one caught me off guard so even though I was able to snap a few quick pics none came out as good as I had hoped for 😢 They are incredibly interesting creature's to watch though.  #cicadakiller #wasp #huge #massive #insects #venomous #scary #macro #beautiful #awestruck #awesome #nature #wildlife #amazingnature #igers #ig_texas

Cicada Killer Wasps are huge Females like this one are twice as large as the males and grow to be about 2 inches long. Only the females have stingers though. Thankfully they aren't aggressive (unless you are a cicada )and aren't known to sting humans unless mishandled. Even so, they are very intimidating to look at lol. This one caught me off guard so even though I was able to snap a few quick pics none came out as good as I had hoped for They are incredibly interesting creature's to watch though. #cicadakiller #wasp #huge #massive #insects #venomous #scary #macro #beautiful #awestruck #awesome #nature #wildlife #amazingnature #igers #ig_texas - 7 days ago

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Can't help this one to freedom. #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #texasbugs #biologynerd

Can't help this one to freedom. #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #texasbugs #biologynerd - 7 days ago

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Turf wars. Tight.😑 #cicadakiller #getoffmyfuckingfern #soundonifyoureanerd

Turf wars. Tight.😑 #cicadakiller #getoffmyfuckingfern #soundonifyoureanerd - 7 days ago

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This #motherfucker starting to burrow into my patio. Cicada Killer Wasps seem to be in the #ottawa area. I did what I can to spray the hole with the hope that I was going to get it, but it flew away so I covered it. #cicada #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #fuckthisguy

This #motherfucker starting to burrow into my patio. Cicada Killer Wasps seem to be in the #ottawa area. I did what I can to spray the hole with the hope that I was going to get it, but it flew away so I covered it. #cicada #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #fuckthisguy - 8 days ago

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Cicada Killer burrow! Quite remarkable if you ask me......I’ll handle this.  #cicadakiller #pestcontrol #gooutside #mothernature #burrow #hill #thegreatoutdoors #nature #cicadakillerburrow

Cicada Killer burrow! Quite remarkable if you ask me......I’ll handle this. #cicadakiller #pestcontrol #gooutside #mothernature #burrow #hill #thegreatoutdoors #nature #cicadakillerburrow - 8 days ago

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Lunch time for the cicada killer...#dangnatureyouscary #racelandky #cicadakiller #lunch#wtfisgoingon

Lunch time for the cicada killer...#dangnatureyouscary #racelandky #cicadakiller #lunch #wtfisgoingon - 8 days ago

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Cicada killer in the driveway. #wasp #cicadakiller #idontlikebugs #smallbird #entomology #day190

Cicada killer in the driveway. #wasp #cicadakiller #idontlikebugs #smallbird #entomology #day190 - 8 days ago

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Spotted while #backyarding at the 'rents.
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#pulsing #cicadakiller #wasp #cicadakillerwasp #cicadahawk #easterncicadakiller #spheciusspeciosus #diggerwasp #solitarywasp #notdangerous #curious #insect #bugsbugsbugs  #insecta #entomology #yellowandblack #knowyourneighbors #getoutside #natureneedsnofilter #natureismyfavorite

Spotted while #backyarding at the 'rents. . . . #pulsing #cicadakiller #wasp #cicadakillerwasp #cicadahawk #easterncicadakiller #spheciusspeciosus #diggerwasp #solitarywasp #notdangerous #curious #insect #bugsbugsbugs #insecta #entomology #yellowandblack #knowyourneighbors #getoutside #natureneedsnofilter #natureismyfavorite - 8 days ago

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Wait for it... #easterncicadakillerwasp #easterncicadakiller #cicadakiller #spheciusspeciosus #sphecius #solitarywasp #waspsofinstagram #insect #arthropod #Hymenoptera #invertebrate #burrow #TangerOutletMall #TangerOutlets#Tennessee

Wait for it... #easterncicadakillerwasp #easterncicadakiller #cicadakiller #spheciusspeciosus #sphecius #solitarywasp #waspsofinstagram #insect #arthropod #Hymenoptera #invertebrate #burrow #TangerOutletMall #TangerOutlets #Tennessee - 8 days ago

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Cute little scary dude.
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#bug #bugs #bugsofinstagram #entomology #hornet #wasp #cicadakiller #wildanimals #wildlifephotography #nationalgeographic #nature #natgeo #beauty #beautiful #nikond3400 #nikonphotography #nikon #sigma #bigma #sigmaphoto #potd #photooftheday

Cute little scary dude. . . . . . . . . #bug #bugs #bugsofinstagram #entomology #hornet #wasp #cicadakiller #wildanimals #wildlifephotography #nationalgeographic #nature #natgeo #beauty #beautiful #nikond3400 #nikonphotography #nikon #sigma #bigma #sigmaphoto #potd #photooftheday - 9 days ago

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Cicada killers are all over what I think is "Virginia mountain mint?" #nature #plants #flowers #getoutside #bigcreek #prairie #cicadakiller

Cicada killers are all over what I think is "Virginia mountain mint?" #nature #plants #flowers #getoutside #bigcreek #prairie #cicadakiller - 9 days ago

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The death of a killer.

#cicadakiller

The death of a killer. #cicadakiller - 9 days ago

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Ughhhh these damn #cicadakiller #wasps are taking over...

Ughhhh these damn #cicadakiller #wasps are taking over... - 10 days ago

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Cicada killer wasp. #insecto #insecte #insects #insects #insectaddict #insectaddict #insectadventure #wasp #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #cicadakillers #waspswaspswasps #navyyard #naturalwonder #travelingbugman #colinstewart #dcsummer #dcsummersnaps

Cicada killer wasp. #insecto #insecte #insects #insects #insectaddict #insectaddict #insectadventure #wasp #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #cicadakillers #waspswaspswasps #navyyard #naturalwonder #travelingbugman #colinstewart #dcsummer #dcsummersnaps - 10 days ago

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I finally got a few acceptable photos of the Cicada Killers : Sphecius speciosus. Notice the size! On a blueberry plant. 
They are large 1.5 to 5.0 centimetres (0.6 to 2.0 in) in length.  #cicadahawk #cicadakiller #easterncicadakiller #sandhornet #spheciusspeciosus #insects #loveinsects #crabronidae #beauty #beautiful #summer #burrow #insectsofinstagram #mypics #insta #instagood #insects_of_our_world #insectgeek #myphotography #mypic #finally #gotapicture #instainsect #sobig #sofast #justbeautiful #blueberry #plant

I finally got a few acceptable photos of the Cicada Killers : Sphecius speciosus. Notice the size! On a blueberry plant. They are large 1.5 to 5.0 centimetres (0.6 to 2.0 in) in length. #cicadahawk #cicadakiller #easterncicadakiller #sandhornet #spheciusspeciosus #insects #loveinsects #crabronidae #beauty #beautiful #summer #burrow #insectsofinstagram #mypics #insta #instagood #insects_of_our_world #insectgeek #myphotography #mypic #finally #gotapicture #instainsect #sobig #sofast #justbeautiful #blueberry #plant - 11 days ago

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"The Cicada Hawk"

This is an adult female Cicada Killer Wasp worker carrying its killed off cicada. It is preparing for laying its egg. First, the female Cicada Killer stings the cicada and venomizes it. Next, the cicada is brought to a burrow. In the burrow, an egg will be laid under the right or left second leg of the cicada. When the egg forms into the larvae, it eats the cicada to keep it alive. Finally, it forms a cocoon after it is filled.
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#bug #bugs #photography #instapic #asi_es_macro #nature #animals #macro_freaks #macrophotography  #macro_creature_feature #photooftheday #wildlife #nature_shooters #naturelover #lovenature #youngnaturephotographers #photocontest #cicadakiller #cicada #bugs #macro_ig #teenphotographer #yourshotphotographer #bns_macro #kings_insects #macro_royals #insects_of_our_world #flowersandmacro #1natureshot #macro_highlight

"The Cicada Hawk" This is an adult female Cicada Killer Wasp worker carrying its killed off cicada. It is preparing for laying its egg. First, the female Cicada Killer stings the cicada and venomizes it. Next, the cicada is brought to a burrow. In the burrow, an egg will be laid under the right or left second leg of the cicada. When the egg forms into the larvae, it eats the cicada to keep it alive. Finally, it forms a cocoon after it is filled. • • #bug #bugs #photography #instapic #asi_es_macro #nature #animals #macro_freaks #macrophotography #macro_creature_feature #photooftheday #wildlife #nature_shooters #naturelover #lovenature #youngnaturephotographers #photocontest #cicadakiller #cicada #bugs #macro_ig #teenphotographer #yourshotphotographer #bns_macro #kings_insects #macro_royals #insects_of_our_world #flowersandmacro #1natureshot #macro_highlight - 12 days ago

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This one did not want to cooperate, took me forever just to get this picture ✌😛
#cicadakiller #sphecidae #insectsofiowa #grinnell #iowa #wanderingrat #zangarosphotos

This one did not want to cooperate, took me forever just to get this picture 😛 #cicadakiller #sphecidae #insectsofiowa #grinnell #iowa #wanderingrat #zangarosphotos - 13 days ago

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First #cicadakiller I've seen this year. No burrows that I can see. Presumably, mating hasn't happened yet. I've come to like these guys (gals). They're big and scary looking but harmless (except for maybe the males during before they breed.)

First #cicadakiller I've seen this year. No burrows that I can see. Presumably, mating hasn't happened yet. I've come to like these guys (gals). They're big and scary looking but harmless (except for maybe the males during before they breed.) - 13 days ago

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I found a recently dead cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus) on our daily pre-sunrise walk with our pups, so naturally I took it home to take pictures of it 😋

The second shot is a very cropped close-up of the bristles on the wing of this large solitary wasp species, which I thought just looked really neat! The third shot is a cell phone shot showing relatively how large this wasp was.

The name cicada killer is given to this eastern US native due to the fact that the females hunt cicadas and drag them back down into their burrow, paralyze them with their sting, then lay an egg on them. When the egg hatches, the larvae will feed on the live paralyzed cicadas.

These wasps are actually fairly docile despite their intimidating appearance. In fact, the males don't even have a true stinger!

I found a recently dead cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus) on our daily pre-sunrise walk with our pups, so naturally I took it home to take pictures of it The second shot is a very cropped close-up of the bristles on the wing of this large solitary wasp species, which I thought just looked really neat! The third shot is a cell phone shot showing relatively how large this wasp was. The name cicada killer is given to this eastern US native due to the fact that the females hunt cicadas and drag them back down into their burrow, paralyze them with their sting, then lay an egg on them. When the egg hatches, the larvae will feed on the live paralyzed cicadas. These wasps are actually fairly docile despite their intimidating appearance. In fact, the males don't even have a true stinger! - 13 days ago

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Cicada hawks are out at full force! These solitary wasps are about 2” long and hatch in summertime when cicada populations are booming. They don’t pay much mind to humans, rather, the female wasp digs a tunnel about 10” into the ground and stashes a few cicadas in there for her one egg to use for fuel when it hatches the following summer. While they may make your yard unsightly, they’re great natural predators!
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#cicada #cicadahawk #cicadakiller #spheciusspeciosus #sphecius #entomology #wasp #solitary #insect #biology #nerdlove

Cicada hawks are out at full force! These solitary wasps are about 2” long and hatch in summertime when cicada populations are booming. They don’t pay much mind to humans, rather, the female wasp digs a tunnel about 10” into the ground and stashes a few cicadas in there for her one egg to use for fuel when it hatches the following summer. While they may make your yard unsightly, they’re great natural predators! . . . #cicada #cicadahawk #cicadakiller #spheciusspeciosus #sphecius #entomology #wasp #solitary #insect #biology #nerdlove - 15 days ago

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#cicadakiller #cicadahawk #spheciusspeciosus #cicadakillerwasp #wasp #wasps #waspsofinstagram #insects #insectphotography #insectstagram #insectsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturephoto #photooftheday #naturelovers #entomology #macro #macrophotography #macros #macroshot #macroworld #fern #ferns

#cicadakiller #cicadahawk #spheciusspeciosus #cicadakillerwasp #wasp #wasps #waspsofinstagram #insects #insectphotography #insectstagram #insectsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturephoto #photooftheday #naturelovers #entomology #macro #macrophotography #macros #macroshot #macroworld #fern #ferns - 16 days ago

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I had just grabbed my phone to get a pic of a newly emerged swallowtail butterfly(which I missed by a second😩) when I heard Kaia freaking out/meowing like a baby while staring up towards a tree branch.  I have never seen a bigger, scarier looking wasp!!! As I started to google #cicada —- #cicadakiller auto filled—-like most creatures in your backyard, if you don’t mess with them they won’t mess with you.  I brought Kaia inside cause that’s not in her nature 😂

I had just grabbed my phone to get a pic of a newly emerged swallowtail butterfly(which I missed by a second) when I heard Kaia freaking out/meowing like a baby while staring up towards a tree branch. I have never seen a bigger, scarier looking wasp!!! As I started to google #cicada —- #cicadakiller auto filled—-like most creatures in your backyard, if you don’t mess with them they won’t mess with you. I brought Kaia inside cause that’s not in her nature - 17 days ago

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It’s a bad day to be a cicada.
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#cicadakiller #wasp #waspsofinstagram

It’s a bad day to be a cicada. . . #cicadakiller #wasp #waspsofinstagram - 17 days ago

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#wtf

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#CicadaKiller

#wasp

#wtf #Spheciusspeciosus #CicadaKiller #wasp - 17 days ago

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Just figured this out! It’s a #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp collecting #cicadas in my backyard. But why the crevice in my deck??? #timeforpestcontrol #imfreakingout #insectofinstagram #nature #wildlife #natureiscrazy #naturedocumentary #myownbackyard #natgeo lol

Just figured this out! It’s a #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp collecting #cicadas in my backyard. But why the crevice in my deck??? #timeforpestcontrol #imfreakingout #insectofinstagram #nature #wildlife #natureiscrazy #naturedocumentary #myownbackyard #natgeo lol - 18 days ago

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Eastern cicada killer, species phecius speciosus #wasp #wasps #hymenoptera #cabronidae #gorytini #cicadakiller #easterncicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectagram #entomology #science #nature

Eastern cicada killer, species phecius speciosus #wasp #wasps #hymenoptera #cabronidae #gorytini #cicadakiller #easterncicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectagram #entomology #science #nature - 19 days ago

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Cicada Killer Wasp #entomology #cicada #cicadakiller #ohhedead

Cicada Killer Wasp #entomology #cicada #cicadakiller #ohhedead - 20 days ago

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Cicada killer on a milkweed flower. #spheciusspeciosus #cicadakiller #insectsofinstagram #commonmilkweed #asri

Cicada killer on a milkweed flower. #spheciusspeciosus #cicadakiller #insectsofinstagram #commonmilkweed #asri - 20 days ago

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Something killed the Cicada Killer. ⚰️ #spheciusSpeciosus #wasp #bug #cicadakiller

Something killed the Cicada Killer. ⚰️ #spheciusSpeciosus #wasp #bug #cicadakiller - 21 days ago

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Incase you didn’t know I hate wasps...this wasp (cicada killer?) got me several times at work today. It was a sight to see me freak out and rip my shirt off. #wasp #sting #cicadakiller

Incase you didn’t know I hate wasps...this wasp (cicada killer?) got me several times at work today. It was a sight to see me freak out and rip my shirt off. #wasp #sting #cicadakiller - 21 days ago

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Somewhere near the backyard. These guys used to freak me out. Now they are fun to watch as they hunt for animals twice their size! #somewherenear #cicada #cicadakiller #summer #backyard #cicadarhythm #slomo

Somewhere near the backyard. These guys used to freak me out. Now they are fun to watch as they hunt for animals twice their size! #somewherenear #cicada #cicadakiller #summer #backyard #cicadarhythm #slomo - 21 days ago

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I know these are terrible pictures of a dead bug on the side of the road that I look while on my bike. 
BUT what and interesting insect!!!
This is a cicada killer wasp. It's HUGE. And extremely intimidating looking. But they aren't aggressive to humans and don't even have a nest guarding instinct like honey bees and paper wasps have. 
The female cicada killer paralyzes a cicada (with that huge stinger) and takes it to her burrow, lays an egg under one of the cicada's second legs, then the larva hatches and eats the cicada alive.
Some species of cicada killers show a preference between male or female cicadas.
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I know these are terrible pictures of a dead bug on the side of the road that I look while on my bike. BUT what and interesting insect!!! This is a cicada killer wasp. It's HUGE. And extremely intimidating looking. But they aren't aggressive to humans and don't even have a nest guarding instinct like honey bees and paper wasps have. The female cicada killer paralyzes a cicada (with that huge stinger) and takes it to her burrow, lays an egg under one of the cicada's second legs, then the larva hatches and eats the cicada alive. Some species of cicada killers show a preference between male or female cicadas. • • • • • • #cicadakiller #wasp #insect #bug #nature #wildlife #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #naturelovers #insectsofinstagram #texaswildlife #animallovers #ants - 21 days ago

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Sphecius speciosus, or what Louisiana natives call a “Cicada Killer”! These big wasp look quite scary, but usually are relatively docile.  @larry.d__photography #cicadakiller #cicada #bug #wasp #insects #nature #naturepics #naturelover #naturephotography #nature_shooters #lovenature #instanature #instanaturefriends #instapic #instalike #instaphoto #outdoors #louisiana #instacomment #comment

Sphecius speciosus, or what Louisiana natives call a “Cicada Killer”! These big wasp look quite scary, but usually are relatively docile. @larry.d__photography #cicadakiller #cicada #bug #wasp #insects #nature #naturepics #naturelover #naturephotography #nature_shooters #lovenature #instanature #instanaturefriends #instapic #instalike #instaphoto #outdoors #louisiana #instacomment #comment - 21 days ago

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The Huntress on the prowl...☠
The beauty of a zoom lense- you do not have to get super close to giant stinging bugs like this Cicada Killer Wasp to get a photo 🐝📸😓
Cicada Killers are large wasps that hunt..you guessed it, Cicadas! 😋 They sting and paralyze a cicada to bring back to the nest where it lies until the wasps eggs hatch and devour the poor thing alive. What a way to go 😱😖
#badbitch #cicadakiller #wasp #bugsofflorida #floridawildlife #amateurphotography

The Huntress on the prowl...☠ The beauty of a zoom lense- you do not have to get super close to giant stinging bugs like this Cicada Killer Wasp to get a photo 📸 Cicada Killers are large wasps that hunt..you guessed it, Cicadas! They sting and paralyze a cicada to bring back to the nest where it lies until the wasps eggs hatch and devour the poor thing alive. What a way to go #badbitch #cicadakiller #wasp #bugsofflorida #floridawildlife #amateurphotography - 24 days ago

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#ewww #cicadakiller #yuck #buglife #rip🙏 #bigandscary #thingsiseeonthetrail #walking #behindthepines #easttexas #ifoundherthisway

#ewww #cicadakiller #yuck #buglife #rip #bigandscary #thingsiseeonthetrail #walking #behindthepines #easttexas #ifoundherthisway - 25 days ago

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❤️Cicada Killers : Sphecius speciosus (I also ❤️cicadas) pic1: burrow for its young. Pic2: male cicada killer. The female is larger than the male. Hard to get a picture😒 They are large 1.5 to 5.0 centimetres (0.6 to 2.0 in) in length.  #cicadahawk #cicadakiller #easterncicadakiller #sandhornet #spheciusspeciosus #insects #loveinsects #crabronidae #beauty #beautiful #summer #burrow #notthebestpic #mypics #insta #instagood #insectsofinstagram #insectgeek

️Cicada Killers : Sphecius speciosus (I also ️cicadas) pic1: burrow for its young. Pic2: male cicada killer. The female is larger than the male. Hard to get a picture They are large 1.5 to 5.0 centimetres (0.6 to 2.0 in) in length. #cicadahawk #cicadakiller #easterncicadakiller #sandhornet #spheciusspeciosus #insects #loveinsects #crabronidae #beauty #beautiful #summer #burrow #notthebestpic #mypics #insta #instagood #insectsofinstagram #insectgeek - 25 days ago

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#macrohighlight #macrospotlight #canonfanphoto #teamcanon #macroworld #macroexperience  #canon80d #instashoot #insects #tagsforlikes #mdphotography #photographer #photography #photooftheday #followmeto #macro #macrophotography #macroperfection #macrocaptures #spheciusspeciosus #cicadakiller #ip_insects

#macrohighlight #macrospotlight #canonfanphoto #teamcanon #macroworld #macroexperience #canon80d #instashoot #insects #tagsforlikes #mdphotography #photographer #photography #photooftheday #followmeto #macro #macrophotography #macroperfection #macrocaptures #spheciusspeciosus #cicadakiller #ip_insects - 26 days ago

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This guy was hanging out. #slomo #note8 #cicadakiller #satx

This guy was hanging out. #slomo #note8 #cicadakiller #satx - 26 days ago

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A female Cicada Killer is setting up her nest. She looks different from the Eastern Cicada Killers I’ve seen around. #cicadakiller #cicada #easterncicadakiller #gorytini #interstinginsects #insect #getoutside #explore #liveoutdoors

A female Cicada Killer is setting up her nest. She looks different from the Eastern Cicada Killers I’ve seen around. #cicadakiller #cicada #easterncicadakiller #gorytini #interstinginsects #insect #getoutside #explore #liveoutdoors - 26 days ago

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Cicada Killer, 5” x 5”, oil on panel #available DM me if interested #framed #oilpainting #cicadakiller #wasp #insect #painting #stilllifepainting #aliaelbermani

Cicada Killer, 5” x 5”, oil on panel #available DM me if interested #framed #oilpainting #cicadakiller #wasp #insect #painting #stilllifepainting #aliaelbermani - 27 days ago

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My backyard. Cicada Killer Wasp, this particular specimen was about 2 inches. #arthopodsanonymous #arthopod_perfection #kings_insects #insects_of_our_world #insectguru #uwn_insect #insect_addicts #insects #bns_buginsects #bpa_nature #efe_nature_or_nothing #moon_bestanimals #natureloversforlife #electric_macro #mta_macro #i_macro_i #soul_made_macro #cicadakiller #texasfever

My backyard. Cicada Killer Wasp, this particular specimen was about 2 inches. #arthopodsanonymous #arthopod_perfection #kings_insects #insects_of_our_world #insectguru #uwn_insect #insect_addicts #insects #bns_buginsects #bpa_nature #efe_nature_or_nothing #moon_bestanimals #natureloversforlife #electric_macro #mta_macro #i_macro_i #soul_made_macro #cicadakiller #texasfever - 27 days ago

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Cicada Killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosus) - Borosilicate Glass Sculpture by Rafael Glass.  #boro #boroglass #borosilicate #flameworking #glass #glassart #glassofig #glassblowing #glass_of_ig#art #arts #arte #sculpture #sculptures #escultura  #nature #mothernature #wasp #cicadakiller #bee #wasps

Cicada Killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosus) - Borosilicate Glass Sculpture by Rafael Glass. #boro #boroglass #borosilicate #flameworking #glass #glassart #glassofig #glassblowing #glass_of_ig #art #arts #arte #sculpture #sculptures #escultura #nature #mothernature #wasp #cicadakiller #bee #wasps - 27 days ago

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So this freaked me out the other day. I heard a cicada chirp and saw it fall to the ground. Little did I know when I walked up, there was the biggest hornet I'VE EVER SEEN attacking it. Breakfast anyone? #cicadakiller #cicada #hornet #wasp #gigantic #scarybugs

So this freaked me out the other day. I heard a cicada chirp and saw it fall to the ground. Little did I know when I walked up, there was the biggest hornet I'VE EVER SEEN attacking it. Breakfast anyone? #cicadakiller #cicada #hornet #wasp #gigantic #scarybugs - 28 days ago

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#bigwasp
#bugslife
#cactus
#cicada
#cicadakiller
#cicadakillerwasp
#creatures
#getoutside
#instanature
#itswildoutthere
#naturalworld
#nature
#nature_shooters
#natureboy
#natureswild
#odeathwhereisthysting
#outdoorsynatureboy
#outofdoors
#paralysingsting
#smelltheroses
#stinger
#wasp

Cicada-Killer Wasp • • • • • • • #bigwasp #bugslife #cactus #cicada #cicadakiller #cicadakillerwasp #creatures #getoutside #instanature #itswildoutthere #naturalworld #nature #nature_shooters #natureboy #natureswild #odeathwhereisthysting #outdoorsynatureboy #outofdoors #paralysingsting #smelltheroses #stinger #wasp - 29 days ago

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I introduce you to the Cicada Killer!🐝
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#wasp #insect #cicadakiller #mothernature #nature #cicada #texas #loveallcreatures #purpose #lifecycle #bugs #austin #atx

I introduce you to the Cicada Killer! . . . #wasp #insect #cicadakiller #mothernature #nature #cicada #texas #loveallcreatures #purpose #lifecycle #bugs #austin #atx - 30 days ago

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