JAPANESE HORNETS: BORN TO KILL
“Deadly Battle”, a phrase that doesn’t compare to the real way of the JAPANESE HORNET or Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia).
For a long time now the internet has been flooded with talk of a crazy insect that plows through the colonies of others devouring and ripping the heads off innocent insects. Ravaging there food supply and stealing there young to be chewed up and produced into a paste to feed there own children. This all may sound dramatic, but this is the real world “hell” that 30,000 bees are about to endure. In the name of the queen, relentless force is the key to wining this battle.
A queen will lay thousands of eggs in her life span of the season. Each egg takes only one week to “pop” into a larvae. As the larvae consumes much of the queens self produced food supply, the colonies “super army” must be dispatched into the forest in search of food supplies. From there, it’s only “good eats” for the little Japanese hornet larvae waiting at home with “Mom“. On the battle field, the Japanese hornets stalk there prey. Using scouts to find resources, the armies always have there “eyes and ears” on there surrounding areas. Once the scout finds an area, he calls it in. Although the hornets are not privileged with a radio, they do however emit a very powerful pheromone that will attract the horde of hornets into “kill the living” death mode.
This is nature at it’s best.
At the colony of honeybees that has just been scouted by a Japanese hornet, the bees continue there daily lives unknowing to the assault they are to endure momentarily. Worst of all for the bees, they are tourists and have no idea even what a hornet is. European honeybees are used by Japanese farmers, thus having no defense that has evolved from there interaction. This is a great example of reliant ecosystems that where created by man. The massacre that ensues on the bees is nothing more then terrifying. To look around at your once productive society to see the heads of your cousins and co-works being ripped off by the large teeth of a hornet at 40 bees per minute.
Only NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC can show just how ravishing this scene is. In October of 2004 National Geographic premiered an episode of EXPLORER showing the true nature of “Hornets From Hell” (SEE THE ORIGINAL POST HERE). Although this seems extreme to us, this is what nature intended for there strong driven colony. They are fierce stalkers/killers and wonderful mothers doing what they do best; KILLING EVERYONE. Run bee run.