The Life and Times of the Hornet.
The European hornet may be the largest wasp species in Europe, but their size belies their intricate and fascinating lives. Despite their fearsome reputation, these creatures are misunderstood, and there is so much more to them than their stingers. In fact, they are not interested in sugary human treats that attract other wasps, preferring instead to forage for insect prey near flowers and bushes. Hornets are also devoted caregivers, bringing their catch back to their elaborately crafted paper nests to feed the hungry larvae waiting inside. Their colony has a complex social hierarchy, complete with task divisions and guard duties, and even the risk of being cast out. Through my photography project, I aim to showcase the captivating world of these often-misunderstood insects, revealing their true beauty and wonder.