In the early land of the Eocene, a wasp flew fast and graceful.
It was like a golden bullet speeding through the air.
Miles away the earth began to shake and ash spewed out of a volcano.
The wasp’s last day by an ancient lake were filled with gasps for air.
As blankets of ash covered the lakebed; the air filled with volcanic gasses.
The ash suffocated the poor wasp and all the living things nearby.
Thirty-four million years later the wasp was discovered by chance,
And over time the once graceful wasp was turned into a fossil
Between a layer of ancient shale a paleontologist reveals the wasp
Now the Florissant Fossil Beds are abuzz with the new discovery.
|Wasp of the Lake Sketch © by Blake Reher.|