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Cicada Killer Wasps

Original Source: 
Nancy Hinkle, UGA Entomologist
June 27, 2011
 
The cicada killer wasp is the largest wasp in Georgia. The cicada killer wasp is almost two inches long. Although intimidating in appearance, these wasps are not something we humans have to worry about. Cicadas, on the other hand, should be very afraid.

UGA Entomologist asks for help tracking periodic cicadas!

Original Source: 
Nancy Hinkle, UGA Entomologist
Brood XIX of our 13-year cicadas is scheduled to emerge here in Georgia starting in late spring through June.  They will come out, sing their "song of summer," mate, lay eggs, and die within just a couple of months.  And we won't see this species again until 2024.
 
Periodical cicadas, such as the 13-year cicadas that will emerge this April and May, are only an inch and a half long – about 2/3 the size of the d

Cicada Killer Wasps

Original Source: 
Nancy Hinkle, Professor, UGA Department of Entomology

The cicada killer wasp is the largest wasp in Georgia.

Cicada Killers

Every summer we often hear about sightings of an abnormally large wasp or bee buzzing around the lawn. This intimidating insect can measure from 1½ to 2 inches in length and is black or brown with colorful yellow markings on the abdomen and a stinger measuring ¼ inch long. There is not much need to worry for this is neither a mutated nor an invasive insect, but is rather a native species of wasp commonly known as the cicada killer.