The mud, the lotus and the pale golden blue.

Vespidae (and Margaret Atwood)

By Nadine JL 12th July 2018

Image by Mori Li Lynn

Margaret Atwood, in her Masterclass intro, says: “…Little Red Riding Hood. Let’s start the story a different way: ‘It was dark inside the wolf.’

And with that, her fairy-godmother face is transformed by a gleefully wicked smile.

I can’t resist trying the technique:

It is dark inside the window frame. As usual, I wake up to a whoosh of air and light, and to the soft thwacking sound of the seal breaking as the skylight opens. Then the two-legged monster is there, sticking its straw-thatched head out of the roof, looking toward the horizon. Its thorax has changed colour today; purple instead of green.

If I don’t look at it, perhaps it won’t see me. I crouch, silent over my nest, feeling the warmth of the growing larvae beneath.

There is a wasp nest growing in the skylight above my desk, here in the attic bedroom. Strangely, it does not bother me at all. I only worry, each time I close the window, that one of its members will be in the wrong position, and get crushed.

I suppose I should take the nest down, but the colony will die anyway, in winter; I could remove it then.

”The most commonly known wasps, such as yellowjackets and hornets, are in the family Vespidae and are eusocial, living together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Eusociality is favoured by the unusual haplodiploid system of sex determination in Hymenoptera, as it makes sisters exceptionally closely related to each other. However, the majority of wasp species are solitary, with each adult female living and breeding independently. Wasps play many ecological roles. Some are predators or pollinators, whether to feed themselves or to provision their nests.” — Wikipedia

So many beautiful words… Hymenoptera, Apocrita, Vespidae, eusociality, haplodiploid.

The book ideas swarm in the space above my head. I wait with anxiety for one to get trapped within the closing of the frame.

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