cicada killer


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cicada killer

n.
Any of several large solitary wasps of the genus Sphecius that prey on cicadas.
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Noun1.cicada killer - large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadascicada killer - large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadas
digger wasp - solitary wasp that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with paralyzed insects for the larvae
genus Sphecius, Sphecius - large solitary wasps: cicada killer
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huge mounds of dirt in our yard filled with huge--and I mean huge--jurassic-size cicada killer wasps.
Male cicada killer wasps are aggressive, but they don't have stingers.
Toss in Poodle's paranoia about Giant Cicada Killer Wasps and their impending take over of Augusta's famous twelfth hole--despite the attempts of entomology professor Jeevpil Biswapati and his flamethrower--and you end up with a "toonamint" even the Marx brothers would roll their eyes at.
We investigated the possibility that nepotism toward non-descendant kin occurs in a solitary hymenopteran, the cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus).
Regardless of the ultimate selective basis of neighbor tolerance in cicada killer wasps, finding that neighbors are kin would suggest that the capacity for nepotism can evolve in a solitary species and thus that such an ability may have been a key pre-adaptation for the evolution of cooperative nesting among kin.
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However, cicadas do attract a species of wasp known as cicada killers.
The present study is an expansion of this earlier work; our focus was on only these 2 locations in north Florida, and the application of additional sampling methods has provided us with a very different, and likely a clearer, understanding of cicada killer hunting and provisioning in environments with a broad diversity of potential cicada prey.
As in a New Jersey cicada killer population (Grant 2006), the upper limit for prey load appears to be 2.
Consequently, we are confident that wing length is a good indicator of cicada killer size.
At many of the locations visited in this study we observed miltogrammine flies, known to be parasites of cicada killer nests, near openings of S.
Carlton, who matter-offactly said they were cicada killers.