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I have a question regarding Cicada bees. I think that is what I have had for several years. They are in one area of our mulched bank and emerge May/June. They are annoying. I was told to mulch heavily and that may help. Susan

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I have a question regarding Cicada bees. I think that is what I have had for several years. They are in one area of our mulched bank and emerge May/June. They are annoying. I was told to mulch heavily and that may help. Susan You actually have Cicada Killer Wasps. Not many people get a chance to see this very interesting wasp. These are fascinating to watch and are not at all harmful to humans. In fact, they are not interested in humans at all. Actually, the male wasp cannot sting and, although the female can, it is a very mild sting that is not painful. Having said that, their large size (1-2+" long) (one of the largest wasp species known), dangerous look and divebombing habit of the males, makes them appear ferocious. They are a very species specific beneficial insect. Their main job is to find cicada insects, kill it and drag it into their nest hole, which is usually underground, and lay an egg on it to feed the growing wasp larvae. The female wasp actually stuns the cicada, flips it on its back, picks it up and flies it home. Yes, they are big, but won't hurt you. They are only active for several months during the summer.

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Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.

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