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Cicada Killer - Lexington, Ma.

Here's a picture my friend took at a party we were at last Saturday in Lexington, Massachusetts. The address was 7 Burroughs Road, Lexington. Date was 8/5. I saw on your website that you were looking for pics. It was very cool to watch the wasp attacking the cicada. Looks like it is a sphecius speciosus to me.

Date Posted: 2006-08-10 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-11-26 | Website:

Hi Dan

Thanks for the very cool picture. Your cicada killer has captured a female T. lyricen cicada. She will take it down into her burrow, lay an egg on it and when the new larva hatches, it will eat the cicada. The cicada is indeed alive, it is only paralyzed.

The larva will then pupate for the long winter and emerge next summer as a fully formed cicada killer.

Thanks for the picture and info.

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