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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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.
Johns, Florida, we found that cicada killer wasps preyed on cicadas of distinct size classes, with a wet body mass range equal to or exceeding an order of magnitude (217-2150 mg in Newberry and 303-3421 mg in St.
Preliminary data from the use of trap nests in an Easton, PA, cicada killer population in 2008 yield similar prey conversion efficiency for male offspring (24.
This study has provided evidence of size-specific provisioning by female cicada killer wasps at 2 locations in north Florida; female wasps appear to provision nests with the largest available cicadas that they can carry in flight.
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.
Effects of size and flight performance on intermale mate competition in the cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus Drury (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
Provisioning by female western cicada killer wasps, Sphecius grandis (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae): Influence of body size and emergence time on individual provisioning success.
Carlton, who matter-offactly said they were cicada killers.