Friday Fictioneers – The Protector Predator!

This weeks Friday Fictioneersย (thanks, as always, Rochelle) 100 word ‘writing challenge’ for those who want to participate (great fun – give it a try) is the following photo prompt:



Copyright-Janet Webb


The yellow jacket. Yes, sets things off quite nicely. Dressed for the occasion, she savors the idea of fresh prey, mouth-watering. Today was going to be a very good day. All her senses, alert and alive. An old nest discarded nearby, didn’t matter. New worlds to explore. New prey to devour. A new nest for her little ones. Food at the ready, when they hatched. Time to protect. Time to kill!



*Wasps feed on nectar and pollen, but they are primarily predators, preferring a diet of insects and spiders. Only the female wasps are equipped with stingers. Originally the stinger was also used to plant eggs into the body of her living but paralyzed prey (Now nesting is utilized). The female wasp fiercely guards the nest! (No joke!)


Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

~ Penny

Penny L Howe

53 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Protector Predator!

    • Thanks Ann, I had to do a little research recently on bees and wasps (unrelated to the FF challenge) and learned that they (wasps) have been quite the predators for millions of years. Had a long time to perfect things I’m guessing.

  1. Dear Penny,
    I’ve been known to give up my house to a wasp. I’m terrified of them. Thanks for the bit of education…I still don’t like them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Incredible photo you added.

    • Thanks Joe. Yes, I was definitely adding emotional characteristics that the wasp certainly does not possess. Her instinct for survival and the wasps necessary place in the natural order of nature is true.

  2. Wasps are realy useful in nature. A wasp nest destroys a huge amound of insects. Therefore they are used more and more in modern agriculture pestcontrole. And yes, they have a pretty effective wapon system but they need it in the first place to kill there prey and to defend themselves against a large number of predators like mamals, birds, fish, reptiles… etc.
    And in summer during your garden diner they will find easely all that sweet stuff on your table ๐Ÿ™‚
    It is good to know that a lot of species become agressive by alcohol and parfume (sorry ladies).
    So, they are not my best friends but we need them badly to keep nature in balance.

    • I agree completely with you, Ludwig. The human emotion I added to my fictional piece is missing in nature. The wasp plays a large role in the natural order of things. Thank you very much for commenting on this subject – the balance of nature, it is an important one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Carrie, I recently had to do some research (working with a child to overcome his – huge – fear of bees and wasps), so I myself was quite surprised to see just how aggressive and committed the female wasp is.) Thanks for commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Like Alastair – I like how you added the factual tid-bit after your write. The close-up of the wasp makes her look fierce! I can be fierce too. But – unlike her – I prefer to eat sweet nectar & pollen instead of bugs & spiders.
    xx ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  4. I like that story, and the information afterwards is … informative. I always wondered what wasps were good for. Besides using my electric bat and hearing them go CRACK when they hit it. Doesn’t happen often though thankfully.

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