Hornets’ nest fuses with wooden statue to become nightmarish visage – Daily Mail

Alex Greig

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

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

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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Free Choice,

Somewhere out there, United Kingdom,

1 hour ago

Is’nt nature wonderful. Its really rather beautiful, though to some I guess the head might be a little offputting.


London, United Kingdom,

1 hour ago

We found one of these nests when we were getting our bathroom completely redone. We obviously had to remove it, but it’s amazing how delicate the nest it.


London, United Kingdom,

3 hours ago

nice photoshop. also that is clearly a bumble bee in the picture…

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Glad to be here,

La Roche sur Yon, France,

2 hours ago



Xing Tan, China,

2 hours ago

yu are clearly wrong about the bumble bee statement.


Bournemouth, United Kingdom,

3 hours ago

It’s unclear whether a hornets nest is full of hibernating wasps, Only if you are stupid DM.


Mississauga, Canada,

4 hours ago

AAAaaaHHHHhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!


West Palm Beach FL USA,

4 hours ago

Edvard Munch would have loved that statue!



4 hours ago



Canterbury, United Kingdom,

4 hours ago

The sculpture reminds me a bit of bog bodies. Was stung as a child by wasps, it was horribly painful.


london, United Kingdom,

5 hours ago

Like wasps, they don`t return to a nest. New one every year.

Charlie Hardcastle,

South Coast Of England,

5 hours ago

Nice piece of Art, the Hornets Nest is better than the Wooded Head….

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