Sunday’s regular walk is a short stroll to collect mine and my brothers trail camera’s which have be recording for the week. On the way a few Roe Deer were watching us approach.
This weeks footage records a fox crossing the ditch and the family of Roe Deer, the youngsters and growing well. (The same deer as we had seen on the way to collect the camera’s).
A few nature spots on the way back including a couple of Hornets hunting among the flowers in the meadow – they were actively on patrol like some combat aircraft looking for a target to engage with.
I must have looked like some sort of deranged person following a Hornet around the field constantly changing directions – many pictures of empty frames or out of focus insects!
Here in the UK we have one native hornet, the European Hornet. They are rarely aggressive. Unlike other wasps, hornets are unlikely to disrupt your picnic. Their size – which is between 2-3 cm’s for workers and males, 3-4 cm’s for queens – they are impressive and interesting to watch.
The hunting takes place at knee height among the the long grass.
A Hornet in flight.
You will have to look hard in the next 2 pictures to see the action it was a battle for life and death.
Picture 1 – The Hornet in flight on the hunt -the Hornet coming in at 45 degrees on the attack.
Picture 2 -The Bee gains height and escapes the Hornet attack.
A bit larger than the Hornet a grasshopper finally is not quick enough and is caught by the Hornet dropping on it. It was quickly killed.