Moments later a yellow jacket attacked and stung me. I took off when I caught a glimpse of the following horde.
One interesting note about spotted salamanders ... I expect most of us have heard that lizards and such can regrow tails if removed or injured (speaking of which, I've had green anole tails come off in my grasp). From what I have read, the spotted salamander also can recover from a head or brain injury by regrowing those body parts. Hmmm. No wonder the creature did not run from my gardening blade.