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Cicada Killer Wasp Sightings Index Page

Below are all user-submitted cicada killer wasp sightings. If you believe that you have spotted a cicada killer wasp - and have a photograph, please click on the link in the right-hand navigation under the "Submit Report" section. Cicada killer wasp sightings are being solicated because they help in filling in gaps in the distribution of cicada species. Cicada killer females prey solely on cicadas and these wasps are often used to gain an idea of the types of cicada species that can be found in the general area of a cicada killer wasp burrow.

Please note that not all entries below are actual cicada killer wasps but rather other types of insects that readers thought may have been cicada killers. These mis-identifications are just as important because they help in educating you to identify actual cicada killer wasps as well as aiding in identifying what the actual insect is.

Every entry contains a comment from Massachusetts Cicadas. When you submit a sighting you can either comment back or simply return for the identification of your particular cicada killer or non-cicada kller insect.

Sphecius speciosus in Blackstone, Ma.

Cicada Killers sighted in Blackstone, Ma.

Cicada Killers sighted in Blackstone, Ma. Large 1.5" red legs orange colored wings black body
Date Posted: 2013-07-02 Comments: (1)
European Hornet Vespa crabo Foxborough, Ma.

Cicada Killer in Foxborough, Ma?

Cicada Killer in Foxborough, Ma? Unfortunately, I thought it was a hostile wasp as it was buzz
Date Posted: 2013-05-24 Comments: (2)
European Hornet Vespa crabo

Cicada Killer in Bucktown, PA?

Spotted first one at night, by the light in pictures,and since see as many as 30 to 40 in the lilac
Date Posted: 2012-09-04 Comments: (0)
Cicada Killer from Nashua, NH

More Cicada Killers in Nashua, NH

Last year I used this site to learn what I had digging and flying about my yard..Cicada Killers! W
Date Posted: 2012-08-22 Comments: (2)
Eastern Cicada Killer

Update: Cicada Killers in Medfield, MA

When I last messaged you on Aug. 8, I reported that on Aug. 7 I had checked the former 2008 Cicada K
Date Posted: 2012-08-21 Comments: (2)
Female cicada killer wasp

Cicada Killer Wasps in Melrose, Ma

The Cicada Killer was an inch long and two inches wide. He has brown fuzz on his thorax and on his h
Date Posted: 2012-08-20 Comments: (1)
Female Sphecius speciosus

Sphecius Wasp in Greenwich, CT

I saw a cicada killer two nights ago. I thought it was a moth until I saw it's stinger. It really fr
Date Posted: 2012-08-18 Comments: (1)
Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada Killers in Stoughton, MA

I have attached 2 photos. It is black and yellow and I beloved it may be a female. I have never seen
Date Posted: 2012-08-18 Comments: (1)

Submit a Report

Did you spot an annual cicada or a cicada killer wasp? If you did and you have a photo and want to report it, please click the link below.

Brood I Information

The Brood I periodical cicada emergence happened in 2012 in Virginia, W. Virginia and Tennessee. Below are some of the highlights.

Brood XIX Information

The Brood XIX periodical cicada emergence has come and gone. Below is some information that you may find helpful.