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|Comment||ANSWER WAS "RIGHT-ON"!!! Not seeing the insect in question, I followed one of the suggestions "to flood the burrow" with water. I did, and got a quick response. The clearly identifiable cicada killer wasp gave me a "fly-by", startling me. Then he/she disappeared - hopefully for good. In my question to the expert Ed Saugstad, I mentioned the unidentified insect was large as a hummingbird and loud, buzzing wingbeat. Thinking back, the wasp surely had a cicada with him, which relates to the size I saw with the quick glimpse. And the noisy wingbeat, I'm guessing was the wasp's wings working extra hard, and maybe contacting the cicada it was carrying to the nest. Thanks, Lew|
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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.
21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.