Quiet Morning At The Hornets’ Nest.

All quiet at the hornets’ nest this morning; Spike was indifferent to it.

My camera was ready to shoot, so I couldn’t pass without trying to get  a hornet image.

When I tap the tree trunk with my fingernail, a hornet zips from the nest entrance and banks away before flying off down the bank. About ten seconds later the hornet returns to the nest. So I watched the hornet fly down the bank, put the camera to my eye, and make myself comfortable to shoot the hornet landing back at the entrance.

The returning hornet landed on my hand! If I wasn’t looking through the viewfinder, I’m sure I would have panicked at this point – jumping up and down and flapping my arms, I expect. I couldn’t see the hornet, but I could feel it moving over my fingers. Then I think it crawled on to my camera before flying to the entrance. When the hornet landed I pressed the shutter, and this is its image. I think this might be evidence that hornets are not out to get us, and that they won’t sting unless we are perceived as being a danger to the nest, or they sense panic – don’t take my word for it, though.

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11 Comments on “Quiet Morning At The Hornets’ Nest.

    • Maybe, Joyce. I have been sticking my head into bee, wasp and hornets nests for many years – not literally putting my head in them – and have been fortunate not to have been stung yet. Maybe they sting when they feel they have no alternative. Maybe I am a very cautious person. They have chased me away many times, and the fact that I am dressed in greens, browns and greys might have something to do with my being perceived as a low threat. Maybe they think I am a bush and are investigating my potential as a nesting location. 😉

  1. you are a very brave man. I haven’t been stung by a hornet but they say it is much more painful than a wasp and I know how painful wasp stings can be. Your choice of clothing when you do this probably does help.

    • Being brave is doing some thing for the greater good, with a strong sense of apprehension, that might have a dramatic influence on the wellbeing of oneself or that of another person or persons. If I were stung and still put my head close to a hornets nest, I would still not be brave; I would be stupid.

      If I were stung by a hornet, I might not go anywhere one ever again.

      So, for the moment, I am living in that nice place, and have done so for many years, where I don’t know any better. 😉

    • Just don’t jump up and down, waving your arms about when you meet one, Ratty, and you should be ok. Don’t get too friendly, either. The surest way to get a hornet to sting you, is to invite one in your shirt.

  2. I’m not aware of hornets in central Texas, but we have plenty of kinds of wasps and bees. While photographing in nature I sometimes come close to them but take a laissez-faire attitude, which so far they’ve taken, too, as we go about our respective business.

    • Don’t bother them and it is unlikely that they will bother you, Steve, especially if you give their nests a wide berth. I find that the hornets will put up with me being very close to their nest for no more than a minute before one leaves the nest to check me out. When I am willing to let an individual buzz around my ears, it soon leaves me alone if I stay still. I find it difficult to stay put when they mob me, which is not the time to panic.

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