Wasps don’t have lungs.
And I am not sure what to make of this. I am working on a new project and learning about an insect that seems to be primarily known to exterminators.
There are over 150,000 species of wasps and a new one was discovered just last year here in Norway. She is beautiful. Iridescent blues and greens with a rust-colored abdomen. It is a kind of emerald wasp – or cuckoo wasp. They are kleptoparasitic, which is an amazing word.
When these wasps are threatened, they can curl up into a ball to protect themselves. It’s called volvation. Which is another delicious word.
Yesterday I spent the entire day surfing the net, discovering so many book artists and visual poetry artists. In these difficult days, with so much pain and so much fear, it is good to take the time to see what beauty we are also capable of finding.
It is how we cope with the realities of the world, after all.
I’m off to paint.