Nature has a way of rewarding the evil, the nasty, the cruel and the vicious with the best looks - think tigers, wasps and super models.
Even though blue bottles are micro balls of nasty, I have never thought the maker compensated the stinger with great looks - until today.
The beach was littered with the remains of bluebottles each more captivating beautiful than the last. Even a giant bird of prey couldn't compete for my interest.
For some reason the delightful lyrics of Monty Python's Dull and Ugly sprang to mind:
All things dull and ugly, all creatures short and squat
All things rude and nasty, the Lord God made the lot
Each little snake that poisons, each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom, He made their horrid wings
All things sick and cancerous, all evil great and small
All things foul and dangerous, the Lord God made them all
Each nasty little hornet, each beastly little squid
Who made the spiky urchin? Who made the shark? He did
All things scabbed and ulcerous, all pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous, the Lord God made them all