By May 25, 2009

The post in which DrFaulken screams like a tweener girl

Every once in awhile I get a wild hair and decide to tackle the many tasks that fill my “to do” list. Some of those tasks involved putting crap up in the attic, which I access through your typical zombie-escape-hatch-style ceiling door with a ladder screwed onto the other side.

So, I grab my stock FZ6 seat with one hand, and grab the door release cord with the other. I pulled on the cord in a very manly fashion, so that the door would swing down easily.

All of the sudden a big ass bee / hornet / deathclaw flying at me. I swear it had a saddle and the number “13” painted on the side. I dropped the seat, jumped back about two feet, and shrilled. I was sure I had been stung by this Rodan-sized insect. I stood perfectly still for a set of very loud heartbeats and decided I was still okay.

Meanwhile, the Cloverleaf-sized critter lay still on the carpet. I approached, ready to stompinate the thing into powder should it so much as twitch.

It was dead. Dead, Jim.

http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/6810-2/IMG_9403.JPG

SD card for reference. I could visibly see the stinger, it looked like the end of a pushpin. Great googly moogly.

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  1. Starbuck says:

    That thing is huge :) Your reaction wasn’t too bad. I probably would have screamed and ran downstairs and not came back up there for an hour or two.

  2. Tomax says:

    I believe that’s a European Hornet, I got stung by one on the back o’ my cabasa a few years back. It burns like hell fire and napalm mixed together with kool-aid.

    http://www.drmcbug.com/images/Beneficials/ParasiticWasps/predatory-wasps/1EuropeanHornet.JPG

  3. Ed says:

    The warning is when the hornet is dead. Next time it might be alive, with friends…

    Next time I tell you to buy me a present on your travels, you will remember.

    Ed ‘hornet whisperer’

    PS Seriously, that thing is huge. Same thing happened to me about a week ago. I was on the computer, and looked down, and the exact same bug was crawling next to my bare foot… Screams of panic, fleeing upstairs, deployment of chemical weapons…

  4. erin clare says:

    Sick! I totally would have done the “freeze in place and scan for any blunt object” pose.

    My granddad taught me a nifty trick though. If you happen to get stung, slice up a raw onion. (He used a white onion slice). Place it over the sting and it relieves the pain almost instantly. I found out first hand after a dead wasp stung me while I was messing around with its corpse. Guess I deserved it.

    Glad you didn’t get stung!

  5. Tommy says:

    Jessica screamed and ran away when she looked at the picture.

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