Sunday, July 24, 2011

Did I Mention Bugs? Yeah, We Got Those (Cicada Killers)

Today I was quite proud of myself - I captured in photo-form the elusive Cicada Killer wasp in action! These wasps are amazing; get-in-your-face tough, but (luckily) they are all bark and no bite (or sting). Very territorial, they'll dive-bomb you if you get anywhere their nests. Did I mention they're huge? Almost two inches in length. This is the third year they've taken up residence; I've come to look forward to their arrival in mid-summer. Another reminder that nature has it's own pest-control systems in the organic garden (click on the photos to see a larger version):
Here's a Cicada Killer Wasp's Nest in the Ground . . .
This is a Cicada . . .
. . . And This is a Cicada Killer Wasp Bringing Dinner Home (an Unlucky Cicada) !  


  1. Good article, love the shots! Glad to see I'm not the only one amused with bugs! :). Wasps tend to get a bad reputation due to the ouchy stings. But few realize how good they are for eating bad insects in our gardens.

  2. Thanks, Liz!
    Luckily, these wasps don't sting, but they are very intimidating (and fascinating). They're only around for a few weeks in the summer, then the new generation percolates in the ground for next year's crop!