Cicada Killer Bees

 

cicada killer bee

Identification

  • Similar to a large yellow jacket
  • 1 15/8″ long
  • Black or rusty in color with yellow markings on first 3 abdominal segments
  • Wings

Environment

  • Solitary; do not live in colonies or nests
  • Nest in areas of bare ground
  • Females dig burrows 1/2″ in diameter and can extend 10″ deep
  • Females feed on cicadas (insect)
  • Emerge from burrows in Summer, usually July or August

Threats

  • Can damage your lawn by burrowing in soil

Treatment

  • Eliminate all bare ground areas to discourage the bees from burrowing and nesting