Where did our cicada killer wasps dig their burrows?
If you visited the More Finds
remember that Ethan found some dead
cicada killer wasps in early August.
The life cycle of the cicada killer isn't much
of a mystery to the people who study them.
You can visit the Life Cycle of the Cicada Killer
on the Web and read all about it (and see
photos!) However, we wanted to see it all for
ourselves. We wanted to watch cicada killers
wasps catch cicadas and drag them into their
We looked for living cicada killers wasps, hoping
to follow them to their burrows. We also studied
pictures of the burrows, and we looked for them
whenever we passed a likely looking place.
Ethan solved the mystery on September 7,
See what he found.
Tell us what you think!
E-mail us at Cicadas@SaltTheSandbox.org
Here are some Web sites that we used to research this question:
Prof. Chuck Holliday's Cicada-Killer Page
< http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/cicadakillerhome.html >
Life Cycle of the Cicada Killer
< http://www.culver.edu/Homepages/Faculty/Jcoelho/sphecius.htm >
Cicada Killer Wasp (Ohio State University
Extension Fact Sheet)
< http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~ohioline/hyg-fact/2000/2078A.html >
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This page was created on August 26, 2000, and it was last updated on September 17, 2000.