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Cicada Killer Wasp - Sphecius speciosus - male

Cicada Killer Wasp - Sphecius speciosus - Male
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
July 7, 2005
Just checking....does that little thing poking off the end determine sex or not? There are now at least two of these. They are both at the same planter where they were last year. No holes dug yet like last year, though.

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Cicada Killer Wasp - Sphecius speciosus - male Cicada Killer Wasp - Sphecius speciosus - male

I love your cicada killer
I love your cicada killer, largest wasp in Florida

 
Thanks,
I did have fun with them once I realized they weren't going to sting.

Male.
Male cicada killers typically perch like this, usually overlooking the nesting site of several females:-) The "pseudostinger" is also a good way to tell the gender. Females have a retractable stinger.