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GIANT CICADA KILLER WASP BURIES CICADA

GIANT CICADA KILLER WASP BURIES CICADA

This giant Australian cicada killer wasp carries and buries a paralysed cicada to its nest. I think you can see the wasp stinging the cicada just before it starts carrying it again. This is the Australian Cicada Killer Wasp, also known as Ground Digger Wasp (Exeirus lateritius). It is different from the one in the USA known as the cicada killer or the cicada hawk (Sphecius speciosus).

The video has been slowed down (60 to 24fps), these wasps are extremely fast and it is so hard to film them. They are also known to sting people quite easily if they feel threatened. The sting is painful but the venom is harmless (unless you are very allergic, which is also very rare) and the pain usually goes away after 30-45min.

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