Eastern Cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus) holding dead cicada at My Backyard The adult female wasp will paralyze the cicada with her venomous sting. The wasp will carry the cicada to a burrow, where it will place the cicada lay an egg beneath the leg of cicada. The egg hatches, and the larvae begins to eat the cicada, while taking care to keep it alive. Once the larvae has had its fill, it spins a cocoon, in which it will change into an adult wasp. Cicada Killer Wasps belong to the family Crabronidae Latreille.

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