Saturday, December 17, 2016

ZooWeird 17

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

Oriental Hornet (Vespa orientalis): Typically, wasps and hornets are most active during the early morning when they do the majority of their daily activities. However, this is not the case with the oriental hornet that is most active during the middle of the day. This social insect nests underground and the workers correlate their digging activity with the intensity of sunlight. It turns out there is actually a good reason why these insects love intense sunlight. Read more:

These hornets love the light of sun—
Intense? That’s even better! You
Can look for years—and not see one—
They’re underground—with work to do.

They’re lovely things—no question! Still,
You must be careful, for (somewhat)
They’re stinging things that like to kill—
Get near? They’ll zap you, face to butt!

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