(Toledo, OH) I first noticed the arrival of the wasps commonly known as cicada killers this morning, as there appeared on the hood of my car a female wasp dragging a paralyzed cicada.
These large wasps are misunderstood, and - though they sometimes dart about in a manner that might be interpreted as menacing - the cicada killer wasp is a relatively benign insect.
At least if you are a human being.
The males do not possess the ability to sting, while the females prefer to use their stinging abilities on their favorite prey: cicadas. The female cicada killer digs the nest in sandy soil and feeds the young wasps the captured cicadas, while the males serve little purpose beyond mating.
There is an obvious parallel here between male cicada killers and some human males, but I will let that pass.