Like clockwork, these Giant Black Wasps with iridescent blue wings arrive in July every year. They are solitary and don’t colonize like other bees. They come to build their nests – and unfortunately, they like to build them under and around our pool decking. They do aggressive fly-bys, but only seem to be interested in attacking other Giant Black Wasps – they are protecting their nests. I have killed a couple of them, left the dead bodies on the patio and watched as other Black Wasps “come in for the kill.” The wasp will grab hold of its prey, tumble a few times, sting a few times [according to wiki – prey are stung three times, once in the neck and twice in the thorax], in one photo a wasp rips off the prey’s head, and then they carry the carcass back to their nest. They attach a single egg to the underside of a carcass, and then the larva will each consume 2–6 carcasses (usually grasshoppers, or grubs… but I am a witness and cannibalism is apparently ok with these guys too). And then one day soon… they will just disappear.