I've had a giant wasp hanging around outside my window the past few days, so I've resolved to learn more about it. I believe it is a male Cicada Killer, because it displays the following behavior:
- During the day, it is extremely localized in a region less than a square meter.
- It lands or hovers in the same grassy area all day, and occasionally chases off other wasps that come near it.
First question: Am I correct that this is a male? The females should be off burrowing or catching Cicadas, right? He is quite large (2 inches?), but I don't have a female for comparison in terms of morphology.
Second question: Where does this guy go at night? He leaves before sunset (~5 pm) and shows up again in the morning (~10 am).
Third: If he's around, I should be able to find some female burrows in the area as well, right? Where should I look for these for confirmation?
The question is admittedly a little vague since I am just trying to confirm I understand the behavior I am observing, but I've tried to isolate the specific questions I want answered.
EDIT: Finally got some pictures, only these two came out.