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Cicada Killer Wasp

Steve Mayer, Extension Educator, Marion County

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Cicada Killer Wasp or "Cicada Hawk" Cicada Killer Wasp with Ruler
Cicada Killer Wasp or
"Cicada Hawk"

Cicada Killer Wasps were numerous and active on some sites on July 28, 2001 in Indianapolis. The first photograph was taken by Steve Mayer on this date. The last photo with the ruler was taken by Steve Mayer on July 26, 2000.

To help avoid a panic from visitors to public gardens, some people have renamed this large docile wasp with the less fearful name of Cicada Hawk.

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