Last night I heard the distinct sound and then heard a tink as it hit the light shade, of a hornet. This hornet had arrived through an open window around 10 pm and was seeking heat to recharge from our light bulb. Most that come within 10 foot of a wasp, as hornets are the largest of eusocial (highest level of organization of animal sociality) wasps, will automatically start flailing arms about and often go in to kill mode. So no wonder you get stung. I recently got stung by a wasp and that was because I did not notice it and thought I just had an itch on my wrist, did not look down before itching and got stung as my hand accidentally squat the poor thing. If you can control the urge to not become wildly over excited at the arrival of a wasp, you will find out that unless feeling threatened they will do you no harm.
Last night because this hornet was out way past what I think might be the bedtime for hornets, we caught it in a jar and put it outside on our kitchen window sill and this morning it was still there, waiting for the sun to warm it up enough to be able to fly off. So I decided it was a chance to get some photos and noticed that the back right leg of the hornet was partly missing and I'm wondering whether this may effect their flight and ability to navigate, hence why the hornet was still out at 10 pm. The hornet stretched its wings out in the morning sun around 10 am this morning and then flew off.
For more info on this amazing insect take a look at the wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_hornethttps
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.