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Cicada Killer
The cicada killer wasp is a large black, orange, and yellow wasp. It looks similar to a yellowjacket but is much larger (one and a half inches.)

Females catch and paralize cicadas, place them in a soil burrow, and ley an egg on them, providing a source of "fresh" food for the larva.

The cicada killer has a painful sting and often nests near homes, but seldom sting unless provoked (such as handling one or stepping on it, barefoot.)

Since they specialize on one kind of prey their numbers increase and decrease with cicada activity.

Follow the General First Aid instructions on the Perilous Partners page for bites/stings.

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