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Cicada Killer Wasps 15a by Windthin Cicada Killer Wasps 15a by Windthin
...GIANT WASPS!

Okay, so it's not quite as bad as it sounds. Turns out these are Cicada Killer Wasps. Yes, they're immense, two inches or more long, about as large as my thumb, BUT they're not like the wasps most of you know. For one thing, they're loners. Oh, you might see a lot of them in one place, but they don't make hives. They are hunters, killing cicadas and katydids and stashing them in burrows with their eggs to nurture their young. The males don't have a stinger at all, and the females? You'd pretty much have to actively attack one to get it to sting you, crushing it with your foot or a bare hand.

And this is why I stood around in the midst of dozens of them, snapping pictures wiith total impunity. They like to nest in loose soil, and there's plenty of it in the tiers of the MLK memorial sculpture.

For more, check out this useful article (scroll down to the bottom): [link]

This alternate photo has been cropped by Animalartist16.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those things are actually kinda cute-looking in a way.
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Windthin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really liked them.  They're apparently perfectly harmless; you'd have to grab one and try to crush it to get it to sting you.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But yeah, I guess the big eyes look kinda cute.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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