What Is This Insect? It Flies, Looks Like A Wasp But Much Bigger, Digs Holes In The Ground, Eats Cicadas.


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John Nawrocki Profile
John Nawrocki answered
This bug eating wasp  might be a:
Sphecius speciosus, the Eastern cicada killer
S. Grandis, the western cicada killer or
S. Convallis, the Pacific cicada killer.
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John Nawrocki
John Nawrocki commented
Thanks for the Wow.
Anita Goolsby
Anita Goolsby commented
Cool! I had a wasp? on my doorframe one time that looked like a red wasp but was about 3" long and had several normal red wasps on and around it. I couldn't decide if it was their queen or they were trying to drive it off, but never heard of queen wasps. Perhaps one of the other cicada killers you listed?
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RUTHIE answered
If it's what I think you're talking about, I was always told that it's a ground hornet.  And that pointed tail is a stinger and it hurts like a son-of-a-gun!
Best thing to do--just stay as far away from them as possible!
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