Friday, September 11, 2009

[jules' pics] 9/10/2009 09:52:00 PM


Japanese hornet, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Just one of the dangers facing wee Trevorina the praying mantis as she seeks out tasty boyfriends out in the wilds of Kamakura. The largest hornet in the world may not look like much in this photo taken from some distance away, but they're the size of a pepper pot, sound like a helicopter and after a face-off from 10 feet or so one is left with a freaky impression of big black eyes. There seem to be many more than usual around this year. This one was drinking from the puddles in Hase Dera.



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Posted By jules to jules' pics at 9/10/2009 09:52:00 PM

6 comments:

Martin said...

Hmmm, where is the geologist's hammer?

jules said...

I dunno...where's your imagination?

help help help!!!


jules

David B. Benson said...

How big is a pepper pot?

Is this another name for a pepper shaker?

James Annan said...

A pepperpot is about the size of a man dressed up as a frumpy middle aged housewife. Apparently. However, this may be a slight exaggeration of the size of the Japanese hornet.

Chris S. said...

You may already be aware of the Japanese honeybee's defence mechanism against these fantastic creatures but I'll post it anyway - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8129536.stm

James Annan said...

I'd heard about that but not seen the evidence. Think some other bees could benefit from learning that trick!