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Cicada Killers - Ipswich, MA.

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Cicada Killers - Ipswich, MA.

Hi I'm Chris.

I'm writing from Ipswich, Massachusetts. I have been keeping summer science journal for 5th grade, when I discovered the Wasp. Your web site helped me identify it as a Cicada. My Dad has been building a new walkway with Blue Stone and stone dust base. The Cicada has made burrows in my dads path. I saw you needed pictures from the Essex county area, so I took some pictures. I took the pictures today and it was in the lower 60's and cloudy. My Dad put stones over the burrows,but it kept rebuilding in the same area. He was adding stone dust and it would start building in the new pile or between the freshly laid stones. It must have a reason to stay. I'm wondering, why would it stay? The wasp has been around all summer.

Date Posted: 2006-08-30 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


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

Hi Chris

Thank you for the pictures. You are correct, we do indeed need data for Essex County. However, many different types of wasps make these kinds of burrows. They are called "digger wasps" and not only include cicada killers but also Great Golden Digger Wasps Sphex ichneumoneus which is what your photo is.

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