This photo was not staged! The cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus, Sphecidae) was trying to find her burrow and we got too close to her and she abandoned the cicada. I aked Dr. G. Ayers to lend me a piece of white paper and we put the cicada on the paper hoping she would return. She did about 2 times. This was when she first approached the cicada. MSU campus. July 22, 2003.