Divine Retribution: an Angry Swarm?

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Divine Retribution: an Angry Swarm?

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Abaddon (as Apollyon) Is sometimes described as the King of the Locusts; the Egyptian variant might be a different insect?

A king, the angel of the bottomless pit; whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek Apollyon; in Latin Exterminans.
— Revelation 9:11, Douay–Rheims Bible

In the Hermetica, the tractate CH 13, 'The Secret Sermon on the Mount', I've pondered what might be the "fiery darts" of the Tormentor, the Avenging Daemon (τιμωρῷ δαίμονι), this Jailor of Nature:
As for those without Nous—the evil, the worthless, the envious, the greedy, murderers, the ungodly—I am very far from them, having given way to the avenging spirit, who assaults each of them through the senses, throwing fiery darts at them. He also moves them to greater acts of lawlessness so that such a man suffers greater retribution, yet he does not cease from having limitless appetite for his lust nor from fighting in the dark without respite. The avenging spirit then puts him to torture and increase the fire upon him to its utmost.

Is there a recorded Egyptian symbolism for the fiery darts as a stinging insect? A logical starting point for inquiry.
The earliest graphic record of an insect also concerns a predator, the hornet Vespa orientalis, which was depicted as a hieroglyph representing the Kingdom of Lower Egypt by King Menes approximately 3100 BC (Harpez, 1973) and can still be seen today on wall paintings in many of the ancient temples and tombs in the Nile Valley.

A solar-power insect seems magical, no? Vespa orientalis has been in Egypt +6,000 yrs ... divine agents of the Sun-God?
The Oriental Hornet has a broad range from Central Asia and southern Europe, to North Africa and the Middle East. It is the only member of the Vespa genus of hornets that can be found in desert climates.

{Vespa orientalis} appear very large, measuring up to 35 mm long. They are a reddish brown color, with a large yellow band across their abdomen. Uniquely, the Oriental hornet can “harvest” solar energy utilizing a structure in its abdomen that traps sun rays, and a special pigment that harvests the energy captured. This allows them to be more active in the heat of mid-day. A fascinating article by BBC Earth News can be read here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_ne ... 254445.stm

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