A cicada killer is a large ground dwelling wasp that catches, stings and paralyzes a cicada. Then it returns back to it’s nest in the ground and lays it’s eggs inside the live paralyzed cicada. As the eggs hatch the new cicada killers have a fresh food source to feed on.
The cicada killer makes a small perfectly round hole in the dirt with a small mound of dirt surrounding it. Many home owners are baffled by what could be making these small holes in there yard.
The female cicada killer is larger then the male. It also is the only one with a stinger. The smaller male cicada killer will buzz around you back and forth trying to get you away from the female. Don’t be alarmed though because the male cicada killer doesn’t even have a stinger and even though the female does have a stinger it very rarely ever stings. Unless your a cicada.