Tuesday, March 24, 2009


On Thursday I saw this inch-long hornet on the pavement at an intersection near my house. I wouldn't want to be stung by one - my three experiences with hornet stings, by much smaller hornets, have been enough, thanks. You can watch them in action here.

The pulsating abdomen was not very inviting.

What I didn't realize is that this was an omen of things to come. Later that night I woke up to the sound of this charming lady:

It happened last night too, though the latest one is still at large. Considering - at least in my area - that they seem to go through a resurgence in October or November, it seems like its going to be a long spring-summer-fall.

By the way, my most memorable moment with hornets was when my father climbed up to the eaves of our house at night and cut a 6-8 inch diameter nest down, dropping it into a paper bag. His plan to consume the bag in a large fire was delayed when he realized he'd forgotten to bring matches, so he walked into the house to get some - along with the paper bag full of very angry, buzzing hornets.


kushibo said...

The pulsating abdomen was not very inviting.

That's what she said.

kushibo said...

My most memorable moment with hornets was working on the English content for a Korean-language documentary on "말벌." Fascinating creatures, I have learned, but that's as close as I want to get.

Nine bee stings is enough apian and/or vespine pain for one lifetime.