Posted by Adam @ 1:24 pm on April 15th 2008

Our salvation is stripy

The Asian Giant Hornet can apparently murder huge numbers of honeybees (disturbing youtube video with angry fighting music soundtrack here).

Lest we forget the bees’ evil ingenuity, however, note the behaviour of the Japanese honeybee as described in the wikipedia article:

When a hornet scout locates and approaches a Japanese honey bee hive it will emit specific pheromonal hunting signals. When the honey bees detect these pheromones, a hundred or so will gather near the entrance of the nest and keep it open, apparently to draw the hornet further into the hive or allow it to enter on its own. As the hornet enters the nest, a large mob of about five hundred honey bees surrounds it, completely covering it and preventing it from moving, and begin quickly vibrating their flight muscles. This has the effect of raising the temperature of the honey bee mass to 47 C (117 F). The honey bees can just tolerate this temperature, but the hornets cannot survive more than 45 C (113 F), and die. Often several bees perish along with the intruder, but the death of the hornet scout prevents it from bringing reinforcements which could wipe out the colony

For every solution, a problem.


  1. Those nativist bees.

    Don’t the appreciate the benefits of diversity in the hive?

    Comment by daveg — 4/16/2008 @ 6:32 am

  2. No gaijin hornets need apply.

    Comment by Adam — 4/16/2008 @ 7:24 am

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