In­sect tro­phies

Fortean Times - - Letters -

Re­gard­ing the re­port and let­ter about Asian hor­nets [ FT353:10,

355:73], I would like to re­late an ex­pe­ri­ence I had in Oxford: in the early 1970s be­fore Corn­mar­ket Street was pedes­tri­anised, I was wait­ing for a bus when I heard a loud buzzing and looked down. On the pave­ment by my feet was a wasp wrestling with a crane fly. As they rolled about, the wasp cut off the crane fly’s wings, legs and then its head, which it flew off with. This made quite an im­pres­sion on me and for some time I tried un­suc­cess­fully to find out whether this was com­mon prac­tice among wasps. Lau­rence Stock­dale By email

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