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Good morning all Just thought I'd let you know that while I was washing up I saw a big tawny insect buzzing about my fennel flowers, so I went out with my mobile and stood very still while it flew about buzzing like one of those girocopter thingies.
Eventually it settled down on the fennel again and I got a photo - definitely a hornet - we've got lots of old oaks in the area so there's probably a nest around somewhere - hornets are good news in the garden as they eat lots of bad bugs, and contrary to myth, they are not aggressive and do not chase you.
We will make a point of closing windows in the evenings when we have the lights on because hornets are attracted to lights and that is where people's fears come from, they fly in through lit windows and then panic because they can't find their way out again.
It's a bit blurry 'cos the wind was blowing the fennel about.
There was a fascinating program on TV last night about human memory, and the way we can remember and recognise faces.Apparently, wasps have a similar face-recognition ability, and can recognise the other individuals in their colony (and their various roles), all by their unique faces.http://news.discovery.com/animals/wasps-faces-recognize-111201.html
They're probably better than me at it, I have a shocking memory for faces - embarrassing for a visual artist