Friday, July 6

I don't mind spiders & snakes. . .


I was working in the kitchen when I heard what I thought was
a motorbike revving-up in the utility room.

On closer investigation the reverberating drone turned out to be
a huge hornet caught in a cobweb
(I would say it was the only cobweb, missed on dusting day,
but we all know that she who protesteth most loudly. . .)


Breaking herself free she landed on the carpet with a thud
so I covered her with the colander til Ted got home.

I have no fear of spiders, snakes, slugs, mice and all the usual squirmies
but these giant hornets which nest in the trees above our house
frighten the living daylights out of me!



Ted came home and gently lifted her onto a piece of card,
unpicked the web from her legs with the tip of a penknife
and held her aloft until she flew free.

She measured just under 2 inches long
 and I took the pics on the highest zoom setting, standing VERY well back!
(and the photo doesn't lie- it had STOPPED RAINING!!)

17 comments:

lettice leaf said...

Hornets are a go-go in this house to. This year we've had about three in to play their respects.

I wrote about a close encounter I had with a queen hornet in my breeks on 31 Oct 2010. I lost a few followers on the strength of it; for the life of me I can't think why!?!

Seriously though aren't they just the most majestic of wee beasties. And like you, my Ted does the necessary.

LLX

KC'sCourt! said...

Bet she was glad to be set free - probably made enough noise!
Julie xxxxxxx

Pennyblossoms said...

Kind and patient Ted!
Urghhh, horrors!
Mind you, I am beyond terrified of snakes...for no real reason either.
Z xx

polkadotpeticoat said...

Scary scary scary......

Autumn Mist said...

Totally gross! But fantastic photography nearly makes up for it!

Andi's English Attic said...

I try not to kill any animal but I'm afraid a hornet would be a 'me or it' kind of battle. Too scared to be kind. xx

Menopausalmusing said...

Beads of sweat on my forehead just looking at the photos........... no likee.

Sherri B. said...

We have plenty of wasps and some hornets too...if they come in the house I will give them one chance to get out then...they must die..end of story. A sting by one of them is not nice.

You got some good shots, that is a very big, ugly one.

Have a lovely, wasp free weekend. xo

Jayne said...

A fantastic set of photographs, still scary even on a picture, had a few nasty stings in places I am to polite to mention from wasps and haven't had a run in with a hornet yet. She's flown off minus cobweb to fight another day! jayne

Country Cottage Chic said...

'Attack Of The Giant Hornet'! Ugh!

sandiart said...

Are they the same as European Wasps???? I don't much like them either, I was attacked by a few of them once, stung me on my hand, ear, head and back, not nice at all!!!! One of natures creatures gone feral I say.....
xx Sandi

bellaboo said...

Oh my,what a whopper! Thank goodness for brave Ted. :0)

BadPenny said...

They are big and scary. Super photos. I hate wasps - was stung on the corner of my eye as a child...

Lynn Proctor said...

that is a big one!!

BadPenny said...

Thanks for the giggle over at mine this morning.
When we were young, my brother was standing at the back door looking out into the gargen. Something fell on his head & slithered down his face... he looked up to see one of the cats above him on the porch with the other half of a rat !
My rabbit disgraced herself getting into next door's garden all set up for their daughters wedding, hopped onto the table and started to eat the salad !

Vintage Jane said...

I was stung on the neck by a hornet whilst on a motorbike in Greece once. Boy, did it hurt. Always been wary of them since. M x

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

She is so beautiful! I am allergic to all kinds of stings and yet adore the buzzy ones. I keep my distance but admire from afar. We've had hornets in as well, I wonder if it is the rain? Well done for saving her. x

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