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Cicada Killer with Prey (Sphecius speciosus with Tibicen canicularis) - Sphecius speciosus - female

Cicada Killer with Prey (Sphecius speciosus with Tibicen canicularis) - Sphecius speciosus - Female
Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
July 4, 2005
This Cicada Killer had already dug out her tunnel and was in the process of dragging this Cicada into the chamber at the tunnel's end. She will then lay an egg near or on the body of this Cicada. In a short time, the egg will hatch into a larvae and use the Cicada's body as a food source.

Yup
This is an awesome shot. I realize that this is an older image, but I've just seen it for the first time. Great find and great job capturing it.

For Michelle
I would like to purchase a digital copy of this to develop into a photo for my home. You have captured my favorite bug. This lady is breathtaking in action... I may even place a copy at the Millers River Environmental Center (with you credited of course).
earlebaldwin@yahoo.com

 
Cicada photo
Are you still interested in the Cicada photo? Write to me at msmichellelynn@cox.net please.

Michelle

It was thought that...
It was thought that Cicada killers hunt by sound and only grab male cicadas but it has later been proven that they do indeed bring in female cicadas also and female cicadas do not produce sound. Maybe they (cicada killers) use a combination of both site AND sound.

Amazing
What an amazing photograph!

 
that is a GREAT shot!!! wow!
that is a GREAT shot!!! wow!

Jo

Fantastic
A fantastic, amazing photograph. Keep up the good work!

By the way, a big project on the distribution of cicadas needs a Kent County, Rhode Island record. Here's a page telling how to report:

http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/helpcicadaresearch.html

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
online video
solitary wasp video (including this species) at:

http://www.rkwalton.com/vid/wasps/wasps.html

 
Great
I Love this photo, excellent capture

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