The cicadas have come out in the last two or three weeks, and you can hear their constant chirping throughout the day. We occasionally find the shedded skin of their larvae in the yard. The photograph above is of an adult cicada emerging from its larval form.
Along with the cicadas, cicada killers have also appeared as well. Cicada killers are enormous wasps with yellow striping on their lower body that prey upon cicadas. Because of their gigantic size, they are very menacing looking. Until you come accross one, you cannot even imagine how big these are in size. Despite their menacing appearance, they have never bothered me in my garden, and I work in close proximity with them. They have a reputation for being very tame to be around and non-aggressive. That has also been my experience.
The other day, I felt something "thump" me in the back very hard. I didn't know what it was. As I turned, I saw that our resident cicada killer had tackled a cicada in mid-air. It must have run into my back from the momentum of attacking the cicada. After bumping into me, prey and predator had fallen into one of the raised beds where the cicada killer was working to subdue the cicada. It can be a tough life being a bug. Cicada killers take their prey to their burrows where they store them for their larvae to eat. I wish that I had my camera with me, but the photo below shows a similar struggle between cicada and cicada killer.