Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Insects of Doom: Cicada Wasps
They have very aggressive behavior, which given their size makes them a rather scary proposition. Well scary until a little research.
Wasps have a brutal lifecycle - they hunt Cicadas and other larger flying insects which the males grab in flight. Male Cicada Wasps don't have stingers - so while their aggressive, they can't hurt you that badly. They still have large mandibles but rarely bite anything they can't fly away with.
The scientific name of these brutes is Sphecius speciosus - which I find a bit humorous.
The now incapacitated guest is dragged further into the colony and the female lays one of two eggs on it and our poor cicada serves as a meal for the young as they hatch and mature. A fascinating and ghastly example of the efficiency of animal day care.
I'm still trying to decide if I need too eradicate them from the garden. I need a lot of bee activity for pollination and I have found a lot of info on how these critters interact.
I have seen the wasps go after bumble bees
I always wear a hat while gardening now....
The last terrain piece thats needed for the game takes shape...