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!!)