Sphecius speciosus, or the cicada killer, is a large digger wasp species. The cicada killer lands atop of an unsuspecting cicada mid-flight and severs its central nerve, thus permanently paralyzing it below the head. It then flies the cicada to the ground, digs a hole, lays eggs under the cicada’s wing, and buries the cicada alive. The cicada is immersed in darkness for days until the cicada killer eggs hatch and feast on the paralyzed cicada for their first meal.
That is fucking metal.
I saw one of these today trying to fly off with a cicada and sprayed it with poison. Sorry about that, I really hate cicadas. I thought you were a yellow jacket.