What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What is it?
Location: illinois
July 5, 2012 1:02 pm
This bug has a deep hum as it hovers in the air mostly on very hot days. It looks like an unusually large bee. I have seen it dart around quickly and then either fly high up toward a tree or burrow into the dirt just under my fence leaving large holes and mounted hills of dirt. I never seen it land on anything till today and took these two photos of it on my fence post. I have no knowledge of this kind of insect. Any information on it will help.
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Cicada Killer

Cicada Killers attract quite a bit of attention each year at the beginning of summer, and many folks are fearful because of their large size, though all the information we have found indicates that they are not aggressive and we cannot find any reports of people being stung, though we acknowledge that if a Cicada Killer is carelessly handled, it might sting.  Cicada Killers have much more to fear from people than we from them and they often become victims of unnecessary carnage.

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Location: Illinois
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