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Cicada killers

Sphecius speciousus

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Aster leafhopper

Jessica Lawrence, Eurofins Agroscience Services, Bugwood.org


Size: 1 - 1 1/2 inches long

Description: Black and reddish brown thorax, amber colored wings, reddish brown legs, and a black abdomen with yellow bands.

Where/When: Prefers to nest in open, sandy, sunny areas. Active July and August.

Significance: They are primarily a nuisance. Females can sting but rarely do; males are aggressive but cannot sting. They don't harm turf, although its burrows can be annoying.

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