Around this time every year, burrows appear in the grass alongside sidewalks and these big scary striped flying bugs appear. They look like a cross between a big bumble bee and a hornet. These suckers are intimidating and look like if they stung you, you’d swell up like a balloon.
Well, it turns out that unless you’re a cicada, you don’t have anything to fear from these flying dive bombers. Cicada killer wasps feed on annual cicadas (not the 17-year guys we just had) and they don’t sting people.
That’s good to know because these guys are huge and have been known to send me skittering down the sidewalk dodging and darting to get well out of their way. You can read more about them here, on the Chicago Gardner blog.