Thursday, 11 June 2015


I have been having a bloggy conversation with Glenda of Patchwork Dreams recently. She posted about a giant centipede that made it's way into her bedroom. She lives in what looks like a subtropical area of Australia with huge trees and a lush garden of tropical flowers. Very warm and humid.... and so you would expect giant insects. Apparently spiders eat birds there. Ugh!

I thought I was safe here in South Wales. A temperate (sometimes a bit too cold) and gentle climate. Just see what showed up this afternoon in my conservatory. I have no photos of this insect alive as I was too busy looking for the fly spray.

The wingspan was 2 inches.

I'm afraid I had to kill it and once sprayed it took over 10 minutes to finally die. I was concerned that it may be the Asian hornet but it would appear to be a European hornet. The Asian sort has yellow tipped legs. The photos do not do it justice as the hornet curled slightly once it expired.

This is so totally off topic for my blog but it provided a bit of excitement.

My table runner is now sandwiched and ready for machine quilting tomorrow.

Lets hope tomorrow holds no surprises.



  1. LOL Oh Catherine for you that is a giant insect, your heart must have been racing, thank goodness you did not get stung by him or her!!!!! There is rather a beautiful design on its abdomen nice design for a patchwork block????Thanks for sharing. Cheers Glenda

  2. I just moved into a new area a year ago and we have been getting some big insects. The last couple of days we had a Luna Moth hanging out on our porch. (if your curious) Average wingspan 4 1/2 inches.

  3. :) I just had the pest control man visit yesterday, so hopefully I won't be bothered for awhile. I killed three scorpions in the house in the past week. Blech!

  4. I wouldn't feel too guilty, hornet stings are bloody painful, trust me, I know! lol

  5. Ooo - the Asian hornets are horrible, so glad it wasn't one! The cockroaches here are what freak me out!

  6. My goodness... that is one big hornet!


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