The Cicada Killer is one of our largest wasps here in the US. It is an insect that prays apon the cicadas each summer…landing on top of them, paralizing them, and carrying them to their ‘den’.
I caught this one and put her in a jar to photograph…not knowing she would commit suicide. It would seem, this is a TRULY wild insect. They do NOT want to live in captivity at all….probably because they themselves hunt for hosts to eat alive.
This huge lady was found in NE Kansas 2 summers ago.


wings, wasp, stinger, hornets, cicadakiller


  • LouJay
    LouJayalmost 5 years ago

    She, and your shot of her are beautiful and sad too.

  • I felt HORRIBLE when i came back out with my camera to photograph her and found her dead…i actually looked up info after that and read about other cases where this species has commited suicide rather then suffer captivity.
    a note here too?
    i’ve never heard of anyone being stung by one of these giants…

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • robmac
    robmacalmost 5 years ago

    Thats one mean looking insect Carla

  • they are definately intimidating looking creatures…but like i said? i haven’t ever heard of anyone ever getting stung. i just wouldn’t want to be the 1st!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Nasty critter, neat shot!

  • you should see the ladies that are in my car at the moment….eeek!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • ajax
    ajaxalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot Carla,shame she killed herself.But at least you know now.She’s gorgeous:<)

  • i’ll definately not make the mistake to try and captive another…but i still found it beautiful in a tragic way even. thanx hun

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsover 4 years ago

  • haha…..very cool! Thanx Matt!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

    stunning shot .. Angel

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature!

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

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