First I heard a loud buzzing sound. I thought it was a power tool outside and ignored it. Then it sounded like the power tool was banging itself against a window. Strange…
Hornet Vespa crabro
I went to investigate and this is what I found. No, not the really dirty windowsill, a whopping great big hornet. I’m not exaggerating it was ENORMOUS! It was at least as big as my husband’s car…
Seriously though it was at least 4.5 cms long (over one and a half inches). I’m wondering if it could have been a Queen looking for somewhere to hibernate. I don’t know much about hornets but I imagine they are similar to our common wasps with regards to their lifecycle.
A beautiful hornet… but not in my bedroom thanks!
What-ever and who-ever it was, it wasn’t staying in my house. I love insects but I don’t intend to share my bedroom with a hornet. For one thing their buzz is blimin loud and for another they pack quite a powerful sting (although I’m told they are usually pretty docile and won’t attack unless threatened. Yeh, right like I’m going to wait and find out!).
So out came the trusty glass and old birthday card. Hornet expertly manoeuvred into the glass, birthday card clamped to the bottom and straight up the garden where I deposited her on some ripe, sweet fallen apples. They should keep her distracted for a while.
Now I’m worried. Lying in the bath just now I swear I could still hear buzzing. I’m convinced there’s a nest in the attic. Do I go and look or do I ignore it and pretend I’ve just got bad tinitus? Pass the ear drops!