|As found, and approximately 2.5 hours later. Click image to enlarge.|
|We come in peace! Notice the large compound eyes at either side of the head and between them, the ocelli (set of 3 simple eyes that detect light). Click image to enlarge.|
|This is a female and won't be singing for us. With some luck, her sons will serenade us next year. |
|Cicada Killer; image courtesy of|
In spite of its menacing size, the cicada killer is not very aggressive and mostly ignores people, but is still capable of stinging if mishandled. Adults feed on nectar. Males guard their territory and can be seen perched on tall grasses or shrubs, ready to chase away perceived competitors.