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Sphecius speciosus in Burlington, MA

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Sphecius speciosus in Burlington, MA

1 1/2" long female cicada killer wasp flew in my open car window on the highway and hit the passenger window, falling to the floor. I picked it up and put it in a mason jar at work and took pictures. It is still alive and I will let it go after work.

Date Posted: 2011-07-21 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-07-21 | Website:

Hi Scott,

You are correct that this is a female. I can just make out the large tibial spur located on the hind leg in the first photo. From the looks of this female it is fading fast. They don't do too well in captivity for very long. I think it stresses them out. Were you able to let it go successfully?

Posted By: Scott | On: 2011-07-22 | Website:

Not to worry, she was released that afternoon into the grassy woods behind my office building and immediately took off safely!

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