Lithograph poster by Yusaku Kamekura, late C20
Kiki Smith moth necklace
Gross insect fact o’ the day: the Cicada-killer wasp
A female flies out and inspects trees until she finds a cicada. After she stings it, the cicada becomes paralyzed within one minute. The wasp then grasps the base of the wings of the cicada with her middle legs, and flies with the cicada in an upside-down position back to her burrow. ….
The cicada killer’s venom preserves the cicada, which will live in a paralyzed state twice as long as an unstung, unfed cicada. Within two weeks the [wasp] larvae have eaten the paralyzed cicadas and grown into prepupae, the form in which they will spend the winter.
Description of Sphecius speciousus behavior from eol.org
Image from Field book of insects, with special reference to those of the Northeast United States….(Lutz, 1918)
collage in progress, Sharon Elphick, 2010