Hornets’ nest

Hornets' nest

Section of a hornet’s nest with grubs still in occupation

‘Mad as a hornet.’  ‘Stirring up a hornets’ nest.’

Hornets are an insect with a fearsome reputation.

But when I squirted this nest with a specialist spray there was scarcely any reaction.

Luckily for me.

What I found afterwards was a structure of extraordinary artistry occupied by some pathetic (if gross) little grubs.

I’m glad idioms aren’t always right.


Looking around you

The stuff of nightmare

The stuff of nightmare

This photo shows a cricket eating a small, dainty paper wasp.

The paper wasp was already dead, so no murder was committed.

Now think of the wasp being a hornet which, given we’ve recently suffered a hornets’ nest near the house, would be cause for rejoicing.

Scale up the cricket accordingly and the skull-like head and stringy limbs are something from a nightmare.

It’s not that much more of a stretch to imagine it munching on a human being; now you’ve got the monster for a blockbuster horror movie.

My point is that inspiration of all sorts is there if you just look around you, and observe the small things.