Sphecius speciosus - Cicada Killer Wasp
Kansas City, Kansas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Cicada killers are large, scary-looking wasps, but they are not aggressive and are unlikely to sting.  For more information on these beautiful insects, visit the Cicada Killer Thriller web page.

This image is copyrighted by the photographer and cannot be used without permission. To obtain permission to use this image, please email Alex Wild. (alwild (at)  Most of the photographs on are reduced from their original size and compressed for more efficient web transmission.  In some cases, higher quality versions are available.

This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.