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Cicada killer

Sphecius speciousus

Cicada killer

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Cicada killer 2

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Size: 1 - 1 1/2 inches long

Where/When: Prefers to nest in open, sandy, sunny areas. Burrows in the soil to build nests. Active for during July and August.

Significance: Can nest in lawns and/or gardens, often creating large mounds of dirt. They can be quite numerous in relatively small areas. Despite their size, there is very little risk for stings.

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