This is a wasp I am sure, but yesterday evening I was no longer so sure what I witnessed in my bedroom. I was just getting ready for a night’s sleep when I heard a buzz in the bedroom. I had a look and saw this lookalike wasp buzzing around my curtain stripes, although this was definitely not a wasp. Apart from the high volume buzz I noticed that its dimensions were twice the size of a normal wasp.
Was this my first meeting with a hornet. I decided that I did not want to spend the night with this in my bedroom. I always have a fly swatter ready for action in every room so I decided it was going to be it or me and definitely not me. I waited until this buzzing monster was on the wall and I pounced. It had no chance of course and was instantly dead on the floor. Did I have a bad conscience? No, definitely not, it was either the hornet or me. My only regret was that I did not take a photo before it said goodbye to this world.
Afterwards I checked on the computer for hornet characteristics and my suspicion was confirmed. Twice the size of a wasp and a larger lower body part. The are also able to sting continuously and do not die after the first sting. And now there is one less hornet in this world.RDP Monday: Certain