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Ring-billed Gulls Kleptoparasitize Cicada Killer Wasps

Joseph Gyekis1,* and Ingrid Louise Pollet2

1Biobehavioral Health Department, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16801. 2Biology Department, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6, Canada. *Corresponding author.

Northeastern Naturalist, Volume 29, Issue 4 (2022): N72–N73

Larids are well known for their kleptoparasitic habits, but mostly they steal from conspecifics or other birds. Here we describe Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull) stealing cicadas from Sphecius speciosus (Eastern Cicada Killer) in flight over the Susquehanna River in southern Pennsylvania.

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