Death Posture

29 May

Found a dead hornet on the floor this morning. It looked almost as if some invisble hand had placed it there. No signs of violence, except for some white execretion around the stinger. A few days earlier I had fleetingly seen a huge hornet in our apple tree. The presence of such animal, dead or alive, naturally evokes feelings of unease and discomfort. Yet it was fascinating to get closer, this being a rare opportunity. I call the photo “death posture”, not neccessarily inr eference to something esoteric or spiritual. I rather found the position interesting, which the animal takes upon death with legs crossed to a triple “X”. It’s deader than dead, but there is still a cold stare.

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