A week or so ago, faithful reader Chris Krzyston asked if I knew of the emergence of the Asian giant hornet in the Ottawa areas.
And I said, ah-ha, that's what those things are.
A few days earlier my 3-year-old and the neighbor's 3-year-old excitedly came to get me to show a huge wasp/hornet flying around the neighbor's porch.
I looked everywhere and could not figure out what they were. So I googled up images of the Asian giant hornet and that wasn't quite it either.
Fortunately, I knew Carl Strang loves bugs. His day job is naturalist for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. His love is bugs and insects.
And I sent him Chris' email.
Some of you can guess already what it most likely was, the rest of you will have to wait until the end to find out.
Here's a hint from Gail Kramer in Lockport, who were kind enough to send this photo Monday evening.
First Chris's e-mail.