And that really isn’t any exaggeration!
They are orange, quite intimidating at approximately 2cm long and their population is expanding rather rapidly - burrowing little ‘mole holes’ down the western side of our lawn.
Anyone else have these little flying crreatures residing in their neighbourhood?
I hopped online to research what sort of wasp (or bee!) this might be. While it isn’t a dead ringer for the web images, from its behaviour I have deduced that it is a cicada killing wasp or eastern wasp. Whether it is or not I remain uncertain (and have emailed an Entomologist to confirm) but given the significant number of cicadas being dragged to their unceremonious death the name has stuck.
They appear to be developing a community beside my clothes line and if they keep this up I may need to request an application for a zoning permit.
Many websites claim they are good for the lawn, relatively harmless, not aggressive and if they do sting are nothing more than a pain scale of 1 out of 5. 1 being less than an ant. I am content to let this point remain unproven.
I found this delightful little blog called Show Me Joe and he has a whole page dedicated to methods of eradication. Because my dear friends, even though I hesitate to disturb ecosystems, I read that they lay an egg every time they drag some paralyzed prey into their burrow. And each wasp appears to be having quite a successful go at desimating my cicada population.
Might be a quiet summer. :)