Electricity meter reader gets shock


3 of the 5 wasp nests

3 of the 5 wasp nests

It would have happened, except that our electricity consumption is read remotely.

I counted no less than 8 distinct paper wasp nests in the meter cupboard.

I was alerted to the occupation by seeing wasps crawling up one of the cables and through a hole into the cupboard.

I got rid of the live wasps, and then the dead wasps, but I left the nest structures because they’re so clever.


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.