Cicada Killer - Sphecius speciosus


Common Name
:  Cicada Killer, Cicada Killer Wasp, Eastern Cicada Killer

  • Common name originates from its geographic location (Eastern United States) as well as their primary food source (cicadas).

  • Domain:  Eukaryota
  • Species in this domain have complex cell parts surrounded by a membrane.

  • Kingdom:  Animalia
  • Species in this kingdom are multicellular heterotrophs with no cell walls.

  • Phylum:  Arthropoda
  • Species under this phylum are vertebrates with segmented bodies, jointed appendages, exoskeletons made of chitin, have a nervous system, and reproduce sexually.

  • Class:  Insecta
  • Species under this class have three body parts (head, thorax, abdomen), three sets of legs, compound eyes, and antenna.

  • Order:  Hymenoptera
  • Hymenoptera in English means "membranous wings" members of this order have two sets of wings, narrow junctions between thorax and abdomen.

  • Family:  Crabronidae
  • Members of this family were formerly lumped with Sphecidae, larvae feed on prey captured and brought to the nest by adults.

  • GenusSphecius
  • Members of this genus are large solitary wasps.

  • SpeciesSphecius speciosus (Drury, 1773)
  • Members of this species are cicada killers.

  • In Latin, specious means "showy" or "beautiful".
  • Taxonomy information collected from Animal Diversity Web and BugGuide.