Thursday, August 23, 2007

Giant Nasty Bugs: A Science Lesson


We have been noticing annoying little holes dug up in our newly sown lawn lately. The holes are about 1/2 wide and the mounds are about 6 inches across. We immediately ruled out the possibility of miniature prairie dogs, and the holes were too small to be from rabbits. Hmmm...what could it be? Then, we noticed a giant nasty (dead) wasp laying on one of the mounds. After a little research, we found out that they are Cicada Killer Wasps. They kill Cicadas and drag them down into their burrows and eat them! Pretty weird, huh? We also happened to find a dead Cicada, so you can get an idea of what this wasp is capable of. Anyone want to come over and play in our yard?!

2 comments:

mcwiggins said...

Ack! That's worse than the banana slug that Jeff terrorized me with (and caused me to tear open my foot, remember?).

:)

The Groves said...

I forgot about that! I, being the good aunt that I am, taught the kids to salt slugs when they were out here. So every night, we went slug hunting and salted away! (Am I bad or what?)