Surprise

Surprise
Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp ( Sphecius speciosus ) on Phlox ( Phlox paniculata )

Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosus) on Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

There can never be surprises in logic.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher

When I first reviewed this photograph I'd taken of a cicada killer grooming itself on garden phlox I thought, What a terrible capture - a cicada killer without its iconic prey...what is the point of such a boring picture? 

And then I learned more about cicada killers.

Did you know the adult eastern cicada killer feeds on nectar and sap? Of course! I knew the purpose for capturing cicadas was to feed the wasp's young; why hadn't I thought about the nutritional needs of the adults?

Moreover, this specimen appears to be a smaller male; he may simply be perched on the phlox guarding his territory or waiting for a female. It's not such a boring picture, after-all. ♥

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.