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Cicada Killer

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Cicada Killer
Check out this awesome Cicada Killer! It was trying to drag these cicada's into a crack in the steps in front of a house, but most of the cicada's were too large to fit. The females search tree trunks and lower limbs for cicadas. The wasp stings the cicada, turns the victim on its back, straddles It, and drags it or glides with it to the burrow, or in this case the crack in the steps. It then lays an egg in the cicada which will then become the food for the wasp larva once it hatches. The larva feeds on the cicada's insides until only the cicada's outer shell remains. This is probably not a pleasant way to go! One day you are a happy cicada buzzing about the trees, the next, being eaten from the inside out...
Posted by David Moskowitz on September 14, 2009 Full Size|

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