Cicada hawk wasp

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Cicada Hawk
Habitat:Temperate forests.
Description:This pale bluish wasp is slender and sleek like many of its relatives, but has six overlarge legs, perhaps in order to better perch upon larger prey. Its wings do not fold parallel along its back as is so with its cousins, and its rear segment can deliver an upward sting as well as the traditional downward variety. The stinger doubles as an ovipositor.

Its ovoid head is articulated from a short neck, and two active antennae jut out from just above its recessed eyes. It has short mandibles and a needle-like proboscis placed quite closely together.

Notes:This wasp lays its eggs in live Holymna Cicadas. Upon hatching, they feed upon the cicada, and at times, upon the mother's corpse.

The prey of this wasp rarely seems to struggle, although the exact reason is not known.

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