Yep, that’s my arm, jeez, the price I pay for this passion…
I bet they could make anti-venom out of my blood, considering all the times I’ve been stung or bitten by something this summer. I have to admit, this time was sort of my fault. I was intentionally placing myself within striking distance of these Paper Wasps for the sake of photography. Native Paper Wasps are very aggressive and readily defend their nests with powerful stings (displayed graciously by me above) that can cause severe reactions in some people. Thankfully, as I’ve found out SEVERAL times this summer, I’m not one of those unlucky people.
Today was the only day I can honestly say I deserved to get stung. The other times have been completely unwarranted, at times when I’ve been gardening or hiking, minding my own business.
All in all, I hold no grudge. The way I see it, they’re simply defending their world. You know the saying, ‘You play with fire, you’re gonna get burned’. Notice the ‘war dance’ by the wasp in the second photo…he was warning me. It was my choice to not heed his warning.