1) They don't belong in this area; they belong in hot, dry, sandy habitats. I can understand the confusion, but I choose to clarify it with the sole of my shoe.
2) They are parasites of bees. I greatly prefer bees, who are useful pollinators.
3) The females have a particularly obnoxious sting. Why only females? The "stinger" is her ovipositor. Now that is one ferocious hoohoo.
Also they're quite difficult to stomp to death. When I came inside to look up references, I read that they have an exceptionally strong exoskeleton. Oh yay. Terrific when making monsters, not so much fun when trying to keep an unpleasant invader out of one's ecosystem.
Usually I take a "live and let live" stance with outside wildlife. But non-native, obnoxious species do not get that leeway.
A shooting has occurred at a Sikh temple, and is probably a hate crime. I am responding by posting a poem about healthy community life and civil ways of responding to conflict. Energy flows where attention goes. I believe that our choices as creative people can influence the culture around us. Choose something postive.
This poem came out of the June 19, 2012 bonus Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from aldersprig, rix_scaedu, and the_vulture. It belongs to the series Hart's Farm, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.
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