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Genus Sphecius - Cicada-killer Wasps

Cicada Killer attempting to drag its prey into its burrow under my flagstone patio. - Sphecius speciosus Eastern Cicada Killer? - Sphecius speciosus Sphecius mating frenzy - Sphecius speciosus - male - female Cicada Killer - Sphecius speciosus Cicada Killer (Sphecius Grandis) - Sphecius grandis Eastern Cicada Killer - Sphecius speciosus Eastern Cicada Killer? - Sphecius speciosus Sphecius speciosus - Female Eastern Cicada Killer - Sphecius speciosus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Crabronidae
Subfamily Bembicinae
Tribe Bembicini (Sand Wasps)
Subtribe Spheciina
Genus Sphecius (Cicada-killer Wasps)
Explanation of Names
Sphecius Dahlbom 1843
Numbers
4 spp. in our area(1), 21 total(2); :
Size
30-40 mm
Identification
key to spp. in Holliday & Coelho (2006)(3)
Range
In our area, S. convallis w US, S. grandis sw US, S. hogardii Florida Keys, S. speciosus widespread in east
Season
Summer
Life Cycle
Females catch and paralyze cicadas (especially Tibicen), often in flight
Remarks
Males have a projection of the last abdominal sternite (a pseudo-stinger) and may jab with it(4)
Internet References
Featured Creatures (Stange 2012)(5)