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Cicada Killer Wasps in Melrose, Ma

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Cicada Killer Wasps in Melrose, Ma

The Cicada Killer was an inch long and two inches wide. He has brown fuzz on his thorax and on his head. He also has a big stinger and abdomen. There was a little bit of yellow on his abdomenand had orange legs and wide wings. I saw him at noon in the grass but could not fly. When we came back to the spot where we saw him, he was in the sun, dead.

Date Posted: 2012-08-20 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2013-04-13 | Website:


Thanks for sharing your photo. That is definitely a cicada killer wasp. However due to its quality I am unable to determine gender. While females do have stingers, males have what is known as a "pseudo-stinger" that is essentially useless and cannot penetrate the skin.

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