Cicada Killer Wasp
The cicada killer ranks most formidable in appearance of any wasp in the state. It is an exceptionally large species, with rusty clear wings and the black and yellow markings common of wasps. In addition to their size and coloration, their behavior identifies them.
Males often defend territories around the nests of one of more females, and their energetic hovering can be intimidating. Females also cruise around, looking for good places to dig tunnels and searching around trees and shrubs for cicadas. Males, however, are incapable of stinging, and females (unless molested) reserve their stinging for the cicadas they hunt.