Got One!

We got one! And I think I’ve figured out what it is.
It seems to be a Cicada Killer Wasp.


Thanks to everyone who wrote in about this scary looking flying thing.
I got so many responses there is no way to write all of you back…. I’m sorry. I try to respond to as many emails as I can…. but in this case let me just say, I appreciate your help.
Here is a picture of the holes they live in.

They come out when the cicadas are out they kill them and bring them back to their nest to eat.
Here is an article I found from the University of Kentucky Entomology Department.
http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef004.asp
CICADA KILLER WASPS
by Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist 
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
 
The cicada killer wasps attract attention due to their large size, the burrows that they dig in home lawns, and their buzzing flights over the lawn. These insects occur in all states east of the Rocky Mountains and prefer to dig their burrows in sandy, bare, well drained soil exposed to full sunlight. The wasps feed on flower nectar while the immature or larval stage feeds primarily upon cicadas that are brought to the burrow by the adult.
 
In spite of their large size, the wasps usually ignore people but they can give a painful sting if bothered. Mating males are aggressive and more easily disturbed.
 
A mound of fine soil surrounds the burrow of each cicada killer. Since colonies of burrows are common, infested lawns usually contain several mounds that can smother the grass. However, they prefer to nest in areas of sparse vegetation, and rarely infest thick,vigorous turf.
 
Cicada killers over winter as larvae in the soil. Pupation occurs in the spring and the adult emerges in mid-June to early July. Emergence continues throughout the summer. Females feed, mate, and dig burrows for several weeks before preying on cicadas. Excess soil thrown out of the burrow forms a regular, U-shaped mound at the entrance.
 

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