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Pacific cicada killer – Sphecius convallis

Pacific cicada killer - Sphecius convallis

Cicada-killer wasps such as the Pacific cicada killer (Sphecius convallis) face the threat of kleptoparasitism, the theft of their prey by other animals, when they capture cicadas. Birds are common thieves, though a captured cicada left unguarded in an underground nest can also be commandeered by other cicada killers—particularly in times of high competition for prey. (Photo credit: Joe Coehlo, Ph.D.)

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