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Cicada Killers in Newton, MA

It appears that two were burrowing and they were flying around each other when they came out. The mounds are on a narrow stip of grass between driveways.

Date Posted: 2011-08-04 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-08-04 | Website:

Hi Doug,

Thanks for sharing these photos. What you could be witnessing is the birth of a new cicada killer lek. A breeding and mating place for cicada killer wasps. This year you may only have a few, but as the years progress and the wasps settle in, you could be seeing more next near so keep us posted. Not to worry though, cicada killer wasps are quite harmless. The males have no stingers and the females are extremely non-aggressive. Though I would be remiss if I didn't say you could get stung by a female if you accidentally stepped on one or sat on one.

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