posted on Sep, 27 2013 @ 08:57 AM
The Japanese variety specialize in attacking honey bee hives for the honey. The video Phoenix brought shows that species at work in Japan. Not sure if
this is the same species. I wonder if the decline in Honey Bees has anything to do with this new trend? Maybe the hornets have discovered the culprit
is humans and are retaliating?
they do play hell with honey bees, at least the European honey bees, but the African bees have a little trick up their sleeve, when the scout hornet
finds the hive, they usually fly out after leaving a set trail to show the hornet colony where they are so they can attack. what the African bees do
is when the hornet lands and goes inside the colony they surround it and begin vibrating together, enough to create friction and subsequent heating.
this raises the temperature of the hornet over 110 degrees thus killing the hornet, but the temp doesn't bother the African honey bees.
they have been in the US for at least 25 years that i know of personally since it's been my job that long to terminate them.
edit on 27-9-2013
by LittleBlackEagle because: (no reason given)