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Cicada Killer

Specius speciosus


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  • About 1-1 5/8” long.
  • Black to rusty in color with yellowish markings.


  • Full grown larvae overwinter in their burrow, pupate in the spring and emerge as adults in the summer


  • Females burrow into the ground about ½” wide and up to 10” deep, excavated soil can be disfiguring to a lawn.
  • Females generally will not sting unless handled or stepped on. 
  • Males will buzz people but cannot sting.

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