I love the sound of cicadas in the late summer and early fall. I haven't noticed their songs as much in recent years. Is it because of an overabundance of cicada killer wasps? Are they wiping out all the cicadas? Well, if they are, I found out an easy way to kill cicada killers - with a weed whacker. For some reason cicada killers attack the moving string on weed whackers, which instantly hurls the wounded wasps to the ground. I quickly finish the job by stomping on them with my shoe. I've killed about a dozen cicada killers in the past two days this way.
And I'm feeling guilty.
Am I upsetting the balance of Nature? Am I killing cicada killers unnecessarily? Should I allow cicada killers to live and kill cicadas? Or should I be the cicada killer killer?