Saturday, August 9, 2008

Suburban Wildlife 4

This rather intimidating hymenopteran is a female Eastern Cicada Killer, confirmed by Dr. Charles Holiday of Lafayette. His Cicada killer page is here, and I was able to help him in some small way with his research by sending him the above image and the location that I took the image (my back porch). This "little" lady is about 2" long, and despite her intimidating size, was perfectly passive when I got close to take the picture and was only slightly aggressive when I caught her in a cup to set her free from the screened porch.

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