Sometimes mistaken by locals as a giant bee, the Cicada Killer Wasp, on the surface, seems like an insect not to be reckoned with. These wasps are typically found through the United States, Mexico, and in some parts of Central America.
What Do They Look Like?
With bodies that can be as long as 1 ½ inches, Cicada Killer Wasps are generally on the larger side of the species. Their colors are similar to the European Wasp, which is the insect they are usually mistaken for. The Cicada Killer has a dark brown body, black abdomen, and bright yellow markings along their bodies.
What is Their Lifestyle?
The Cicada Killer’s lifestyle is all in its name. They can most often be seen carrying a Cicada around after a fresh kill. However, Cicadas are not the only feeding habit this wasp has. They also thrive off of nectar from local flowers.
Unlike other wasps, Cicada Killers are more of a solitary species and do not travel or nest in large groups. Cicada Killers begin to show up around properties in June and July, dying off in the late fall.