cicada killer


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large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadas

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Adequate lime, fertilizer and frequent watering promote a thick growth of turf and can usually eliminate a cicada killer wasp infestation in one or two seasons.
In each of the 10 Monte Carlo trials, the mean probability that any given band in a nesting cicada killer was also present in a neighbor was significantly greater than the probability that the band was present in a non-neighbor (Table 1).
We sought to determine if female cicada killer wasps, a solitary species whose life history likely resembles that of a precursor to modern eusocial forms, were more highly related to conspecific females nesting nearby (neighbors) than they were to females nesting > I m apart (non-neighbors).
Regardless of whether cicada killer nepotism is incidental or directly kin-selected, the outcome is the same: kin are more likely to be the beneficiaries.
Life history and habits of the cicada killer in Ohio.
We collected nesting cicada killers from two populations in San Antonio, Texas.
Johns, Florida, we found that cicada killer wasps preyed on cicadas of distinct size classes, with a wet body mass range equal to or exceeding an order of magnitude (217-2150 mg in Newberry and 303-3421 mg in St.
Preliminary data from the use of trap nests in an Easton, PA, cicada killer population in 2008 yield similar prey conversion efficiency for male offspring (24.
This study has provided evidence of size-specific provisioning by female cicada killer wasps at 2 locations in north Florida; female wasps appear to provision nests with the largest available cicadas that they can carry in flight.
The relation between prey and sex in the cicada killer.
The weight of cicada killer wasps, Sphecius speciosus, and the weight of their prey.
Effects of size and flight performance on intermale mate competition in the cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus Drury (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
Provisioning by female western cicada killer wasps, Sphecius grandis (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae): Influence of body size and emergence time on individual provisioning success.
The influence of size, age, and residency status on territory defense in male western cicada killer wasps (Sphecius grandis, Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
If, as in many other provisioning wasps, the size of individual offspring in cicada killers is determined largely by provision mass, then females should, on average, be much larger than males.