The queen cicada killer wasp will often search for cicadas to stockpile her nest for her young.
A cicada killer wasps nest may contain as many as 16 chambers, each chamber will have a paralyzed cicada in it, provided by the queen wasp. Each cell will also contain an egg from the queen cicada killer wasp. When the egg hatches and the larva emerges, it will feed on the paralyzed cicada that has been provided. The larva, once it has finished feeding, will pupate into an immature wasp and then hibernate in the nest until the following summer when the cycle begins again.
Cicada Killer Wasps Interacting with People
Female cicada killer wasps rarely sting people as they are not very aggressive. They will sting if they are disturbed and if they are handled roughly or get caught up in someone's clothing. Male cicada killer wasps don't have a sting but will defend their territory and nesting site against other wasps very aggressively.
Male cicada killer wasps may look like they are attacking anything that moves near their territory, when in fact they are investigating for a possible female cicada killer wasp to mate with. With the cicada wasps giving a very close inspection, they very rarely sting people let alone land on a person. If mistreated, a female will give a nasty sting with venom where a male cicada killer wasp will poke you with a sharp barb at the tip of their abdomen that does not produce venom. While both the female and male cicada killer wasps have nice large jaws that can give a nasty bite.
Cicada killer wasps are non aggressive to people and in most cases, when they are swotted away, they get the point and leave be rather than attack.
With cicada killer wasps feeding on other cicada wasps, cicada killer wasps are seen as a natural control to the population of cicada wasps and to be beneficial.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
- Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.