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Viewer snaps shot of giant cicada-killing wasp in Goose Creek

Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp chowing down on a cicada. (Source: Travis Hansen) Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp chowing down on a cicada. (Source: Travis Hansen)
Size comparison: (Top to bottom) cicada killer, European paper wasp, Eastern yellowjacket. (Source: MSU Diagnostic Service) Size comparison: (Top to bottom) cicada killer, European paper wasp, Eastern yellowjacket. (Source: MSU Diagnostic Service)
GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) -

A giant wasp known for wreaking havoc on the cicada population was spotted doing what it does best in Goose Creek Friday afternoon. 

Live 5 News viewer Travis Hansen was walking in Crowfield Plantation when he came across a giant Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp feeding on - you guessed - a cicada.

Folks can spot these giant flying beasts hunting for cicadas between the months of July and September.

Male Eastern Cicada Killers can range in size from 1.25 inches to 2 inches, while the females can get even bigger.

While these wasps may look absolutely terrifying, they are actually pretty harmless to humans. The males do not have stingers, and the females only sting if grabbed or stepped on, according to the Natural Resource Extension.

For more information on the Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp, and ways to prevent them from hanging around your home, click here.

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