1. rq says

    These are gorgeous. That last one, though -- that’s not much of a friendly look you’re getting!!

  2. Kengi says

    I think it may live under that metal plate. I see it every day in that corner of the yard, but it rarely stays long enough in one position to allow for a picture. Every so often a second one will show up and this one will chase it away. Apparently they aren’t very social and live in solitary nests.

    I got the shot on the metal grate and thought it would be my only one, but the next day I caught it on that rudbeckia cleaning its antennae. While I didn’t catch the actual cleaning, it gave me enough time to get a couple more shots.

    It does look possessive of that particular flower. I’ll certainly remember to never pick that one.

  3. johnson catman says

    Ice Swimmer @4:
    It must be the angle of the capture. If you look closely at the last picture, you can see two.

  4. Kengi says

    Only one antenna? A unicorn?

    It’s a horn which it uses to spear the cicadas with. You should see it when two of them joust with each other. ;-)

    If you look closely at the first picture you can see two white dots where the second antenna should be seen which are a reflection from the joints of the antenna. You can see similar reflections on the clearly visible antenna. But yeah, that caught my attention as well when I uploaded the images.

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