I think this is the first of this kind I have ever seen. I didn’t have any coins for reference size, so I used a plain ole master lock key, it doesn’t quite do justice, this thing was about the size of the European hornet.
My ex brother in law was drunk grilling and one was buzzing around him. He reached out and grabbed it out of the air and it stung him. His hand swelled up and looked like he had a boxing glove on and you couldn't see a gap between his index, middle, and ring finger. Dummy...
Those things are huge. They fly slow like bumble bees. You could grab one out of the air, but I wouldn't try it. Saw some pics where a guy gently caught one and let it walk on his hand. They catch cicadas bigger than themselves and fly them back to their nest to feed the young.
I was cleaning the windows inside my wife's car with only one door open. One of those flew in there, landed on my hand. I was waving my hand so fast I thought there was 2 of them on me. I don't even remember exiting the vehicle but managed to somehow bust the windex bottle open and it leaked all over the seat. I couldn't find it after that but we closed the car up and let it sit for 2 days. I was convinced it was a Japanese hornet, but I finally found the cicada killer, I think in a UGA article. I have seen a few since then and from what I have seen is they are pretty docile. I read the female can sting but the male can't. I don't mind red wasps or those larger black ones but bald faced hornet's, yellow jackets and European hornets can all go to you know where.
If you're seeing them regularly I'd bet there is a pile of soft dirt or sand close by. If you find a pile of sand or loose dirt and there a a bunch of 1 inch holes in it those guys are burying cicadas in there for their babies to eat.
I can't say if Cicada Killers live in the ground, but up here those little little nasty buggers they call ground hornets are also called yellow jackets. You really haven't lived until you plow up a nest of them and they after you, and only you!
We had them in our yard but only for one year. Probably had about 6-8 nest holes. We also had a lot of cicada's that summer too. I read that Their offspring seems to return to the same spot every year but ours didn't.