15:04 EST, 24 April 2014
15:38 EST, 24 April 2014
A hornets’ nest is usually a frightening sight, but one discovered in an abandoned shed recently is truly the stuff of nightmares.
The nest formed around a
wooden face with a spooky-looking face to become a terrifying
combination of the two – a hornets’ nest with a human face.
Construction of a hornets’ nest usually begins with a suitable support, such as a window shutter, tree branch, or in this case, a wooden head.
Face value: It’s unclear whether the nest is full of hibernating wasps or if it’s been abandoned
The face, complete with eye holes and gaping maw, was part of a wooden sculpture that had been left to rot in the shed.
A Reddit-user posted the picture with the caption, ‘An abandoned hornet’s nest my dad found in his shed that he hadn’t been in for a couple years. The head is apart of a wooden statue it fused with.’
The Redditor, going by the handle CountBubs, said the hornets nest now seems to be abandoned.
‘There’s dead hornets all around it we tried hitting the lower part underneath the support (you can see it in the lower left half of the picture) and there was no disturbance (sic),’ wrote CountBubs.
Other Reddit commentators warned the person that a hornet nest that appears empty may not always be dormant, but rather filled with hibernating hornets ready to emerge with the warm weather.
Sting in the tail: Hornets’ stings are even more painful than wasps’, thanks to their potent venom
‘I knew someone that took a large hornet nest inside their house as decor. They found it in winter. A few days of being in the warm air they woke up. Needless to say what followed wasn’t fun for anyone,’ TheCunning1 wrote.
According to a follow-up post by CountBubs, someone has already offered to buy the sculpture-nest as an art sculpture.
Hornets are the largest type of wasp and can reach more than two inches long.
Hornet stings are even more painful than regular wasp stings because of their potent venom, and unlike bees they can sting multiple times without dying after because their stingers aren’t barbed and don’t get pulled out of their bodies.
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