Subject: Large Flying insect
Geographic location of the bug: Fairview Park Ohio
Time: 02:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Help—what is this big flew into our school?
How you want your letter signed: Bugman
You are Bugman???
We really need to get on our soapbox about this identification request. You indicate this happened at a school, but you did not indicate what kind of school. Generally a school has students, and students are there to learn, and in our opinion, teaching the students that it is OK to kill creatures that they do not recognize is not really best practices. Schools often teach science, and we hope this unfortunate situation with the Unnecessary Carnage of this Cicada Killer can be incorporated into your curriculum. Cicada Killers are not aggressive wasps, and though they might sting if they are carelessly handled, we have never received a verified report with an image as proof, in the 16 years we have been responding to internet identification requests, of a Cicada Killer stinging a human, but we have received numerous examples of Cicada Killer carnage here and here and here and here and here and here and on and on, just because they are scary looking. Cicada Killers are amazing creatures. A female Cicada Killer stings a Cicada and paralyzes it and they drags it back to her underground nest to provide food for her brood. For more detailed information, please refer to Cicada Mania where it states: “I know what you are thinking: are these terrifyingly large wasps a threat to human beings? The short answer is NO. They are so focused on cicadas or other Cicada Killer Wasps, that they could care less about you. Sure, if you step on one, squeeze one in your hand, or otherwise harass the insect, it might sting you. Unlike other wasps, it will not go out of its way to harm you.”
Thanks for your explanation. We imagine your administrative duties and your concern for the children and staff are a tremendous responsibility. It just makes us so sad to see so many images of these magnificent creatures that have been killed unnecessarily just because they look scary. Please accept our apology if we were too harsh. Asbestos and other construction related hazards are far scarier than any Cicada Killer.
Daniel, You have a great website and perform an important service.
I am grateful for your concern for “all creatures great and small”–and even and especially those some people find scary.
Thank you again for being a wonderful steward of our Earth.
Our manifesto has always been to educate the web browsing public about the interconnectivity of all life on our fragile planet.