An event to watch for in the south. A cicada falling from the sky and this massive wasp attached to it. This is, of course, the Cicada Killer, Sphecius speciosus. And it puts two or three of these in the big pit it digs in the ground. Paralyzes it first as all the Sphecids do. An impressive wasp. The nest is very large and is often used by other species of wasps for nesting as well.

And from the markings I am not sure this isn't a male. But again, large wasps. And as far as I can tell the best food source in the state from the singing in my woods in summer.

I think Eric actually caught the moment of the sting here. This is Sceliphron caementarium, the Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber, and it has a spider victim. You can see the abdomen wrapped around to make the sting contact. These are the Solitary wasps that build globular nests on buildings, bridges, and many other manmade structures. Good-sized wasps with the distinct yellow markings and long legs. This is one of the species of wasp that assisted Peggy Dorris with her wasp survey in Arkansas. She found many species of spider paralyzed inside these wasp constructions that she could not find otherwise in the state.

The sting complete. Abdomen stretched out showing the full length and color.

The near complete pupal wasp. Also note it is black and yellow. I removed only the top fourth of a globular nest on my front porch (lest something think I am totally cruel) and there were four pupa in that section alone. The rest I left to make new wasps. Removed after emergence.

One of my favorite wasp animals. One of the most familiar members of the genus Sphex, this is the Great Golden Digger, S. ichneumoneus. One of the larger katydid killers. Impressive excavators. They can really fling the dirt in hard soils and soft. Nectar lovers as you can see here. These are huge dill plants in the Jonesboro area.

Back side, same wasp.