Bees and wasps, people are either afraid of them or they don’t pay attention to them.
This time of the year you can see all types of bees, hornets and wasps. One particularly large type of wasp is the Cicada Killer. This is a large wasp that can be up to 2 inches long. Their body is black with yellow stripes and amber colored wings. They are often confused with the hornet.
Though they will fly around you, Cicada Killers mostly ignore people. The males, the ones you usually see flying about cannot sting and to be stung by a female you would have to step barefoot on her or grab her with your bare hands.
Adults normally live 60 to 75 days from July to September. The adult wasps feed on flower nectar. The females search tree trunks and limbs for cicadas. She then stings her prey, turns it onto its back, straddles it and drags it or glides with it back to the burrow, where the immature or larval stage feeds on the cicadas or locusts that are brought to the burrow by the adult, hence their name.
The burrow is a nest in the soil about six inches down and six inches horizontally. The soil is thrown out of the burrow, leaving a small mound of dirt at the entrance. They prefer full sun areas; sandy soil and loose clay in bare or grass covered banks.
So don’t be afraid of these hard working wasps. While they can be a nuisance, they are harmless and the effects on your lawn are short lived and will disappear. If you are allergic to bee stings, always remember to carry a treatment kit and get proper treatment.
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