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Cicada Killers in Nashua, NH

I was birding and noticed this wasp stinging an insect. Resembles Cicada Killer, but I don't know if the insect is a cicada. Is this wasp a Cicada Killer?

Date Posted: 2009-09-07 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-12-08 | Website:

Hi Christine,

This is a very cool insect. While it is in the same family of wasps - Crabronidae - as the Cicada Killer Sphecius speciosus, this is actually a different species of ground-burrowing wasp.

I want to take an educated guess and say it is a Horse Guard wasp. Scientific name Stictia carolina. As to the insect it's carrying, I haven't a clue but thanks for sharing your image.

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