The Wasp Eater

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis has eaten a wasp live during a media conference at an asphalt plant in Paso Real (Real Step in English). The insect entered his mouth mid-sentence. Unfazed, the president cried, “I ate the wasp, I ate the wasp”.

The curiosity here is that in The Earth Emperor’s Eye a ghost wasp haunts the essayist, Charles Lamb, and appears in the concluding scenes at Royston Cave, where it boldly confronts the Grim Dread.

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds. The country has progressive environmental policies, having previously been identified as the greenest country in the world. Costa Rica plans to become carbon neutral by 2021. Perhaps the wasp’s fate was sealed by Mother Nature to highlight to the world what can be done? It’s a remarkable thing to comprehend.

Here’s the video clip of the scarificial wasp, washed down with a gulp of water wiped clean with a handkerchief – also pertinent to the tale.


I-Spy the Earth Emperor's Eye