Those are antennae, not horns. The stinging members among the Hymenoptera (Greek for “membrane” “wing”) can be scary creatures, especially for those with allergies. Some species are more aggressive (hello, Yellow Jacket) than this Common or Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus), but mess with their papery honeycomb-like nests —and thus their offspring — and you have a problem. When I shoot an individual such as this female wasp (identifiable by the straight ends of the antennae) who was feeding almost absent-mindedly on some parsley, it can be fairly menacing at first blush, especially compared to the tiny, benign flies that usually are buzzing nearby, en masse. So I make sure to remember a little respect goes a long way: no quick, sudden movements and try not to come down directly overhead. With my subject three or four inches away from the end of my lens, any worries I have transfer to the steadiness of my hands. I search for the elusive focus in the thin depth of field, and then I depress the shutter. And if I’m a little lucky, I capture the face of an insect.