"I'm glad I was stung by the wasps
after all," she said delightedly.
Like the wasps
, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire.
He adds that the wasp, in order to find the road, every now and then made "demi-tours d'environ trois palmes."
The wasp made a sudden dash at its prey, and then flew away: the spider was evidently wounded, for, trying to escape, it rolled down a little slope, but had still strength sufficient to crawl into a thick tuft of grass.
The effect upon the observer was rather something in the nature of a bee or wasp
. Parts of the apparatus were spinning very rapidly, and gave one a hazy effect of transparent wings; but parts, including two peculiarly curved "wing-cases"--if one may borrow a figure from the flying beetles--remained expanded stiffly.
The dragon-fly had turned into a wasp, and asked nothing better than to sting.
She made her disdainful little grimace, drew up her head like a bird, then burst out laughing, and the tiny poniard disappeared as it had come, without Gringoire being able to see where the wasp concealed its sting.
Perry was much interested in the unique habitation, which resembled nothing so much as a huge wasp
's nest built around the bole of a tree well above the ground.
The whole house had something of an egg shape; and it half hung, half stood in that steep, hillside thicket, like a wasp
's nest in a green hawthorn.
But as he did not want the real story to be known, he said that about midnight a huge wasp
had flown through the branches, and buzzed incessantly round him.
We took our last look at the city, clinging like a whitewashed wasp
's nest to the hill-side, and at eight o'clock in the morning departed.
Bergson, quoting Fabre, has made play with the supposed extraordinary accuracy of the solitary wasp
Ammophila, which lays its eggs in a caterpillar.