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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.

Cicada Killers in Newton, MA

Cicada Killers in Newton, MA

It appears that two were burrowing and they were flying around each other when they came out. The mo
Date Posted: 2011-08-04 Comments: (1)
Eastern Specius speciosus

Easternn Cicada Killers in Acton, MA

Saw these for the first time this yr. Have lived here 6+ yrs.
Date Posted: 2011-07-29 Comments: (1)
A cicada killer wasp in flight

A Cicada Killer Lek in Somerset, Ma

I was just visiting the Pierce Playground in Somerset, MA Rather than taking the stairs we walked up
Date Posted: 2011-07-29 Comments: (1)
Cicada Killer with T. lyricen prey.

Cicada Killer and Prey from Riverside, RI

my neighbor and I heard a loud buzzing noise, We looked over and say this cicada killer carrying a c
Date Posted: 2011-07-24 Comments: (1)
Sphecius speciosus from Dardenne Prairie, MO

Dead Cicada Killer Wasp from Dardenne Prairie, MO

Finally! After two months of searching, I found a cicada killer! However, it was dead when I came ac
Date Posted: 2011-07-21 Comments: (9)
Sphecius speciosus in Burlington, MA

Sphecius speciosus in Burlington, MA

1 1/2" long female cicada killer wasp flew in my open car window on the highway and hit the passenge
Date Posted: 2011-07-21 Comments: (2)
Cicada Killer wasp

Cicada Killer Wasps in Framingham, Ma.

I have been living with Cicada Killer Wasps for 35 years now. They show up on time every year July a
Date Posted: 2011-07-18 Comments: (1)
Cicada Killer Wasp in San Antonio, TX

Cicada Killer Wasp in San Antonio, TX

I have seen a few Cicada Killers and they have been building burrows around some new flowering shrub
Date Posted: 2011-07-16 Comments: (6)

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.