Hornet Nest Road of Discovery!

An interesting home decor item inspired a morning sketch session of learning and researching all about a hornet’s nest! My father has a hornet nest hanging in his home that he found on a walk and hung it up with grapevines and attached things he found – monarch butterfly, leaves and feathers. I thought, what an unusual decor, but it is so fascinating to me because we are both so interested in nature!

Once I sketched and painted the nest, I decided to find out more about hornets; their size, what they eat and how their stinger works. Unlike bees, hornets (part of the wasp family) have barbless stingers that can sting repeatedly without losing it! Their size is 1 – 1.5 in., which is a bit smaller than the murder hornets (Asian giant hornets) at 1.5 – 2 in., recently discovered in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

You never know what will spark curiosity and take you down that road of discovery. It reminds me of the book I read to my boys when they were young, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie! One idea leads to another… and another… and another!

#wonder #discovery #curiosity #naturejournaling #hornetnest #sketching

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