Asian Giant Hornet Vespa Mandarinia vs European Honey Bee
In Strange Metamorphosis Marcel comes up against a handful of Asian giant hornets, the formidable vespa mandarinia. They aim to wipe out the colony of honey bees, pillage the nest and carry away the grub to feed to their own grub. If Marcel is to get the royal jelly he needs to regain his human form and size, he will have to help the bees make up a defence strategy.
The problem is European honey bees are only used to attacking solo which puts them at the mercy of the indefatigueable mandibles of the killers par excellent. This now famous video shows how the Asian giant hornet takes advantage of the European bees’ lack of a collective defence strategy. Both gruesome and awesome! The bees seem completely disorientated. Not knowing how to overcome the predator, in desperation they throw themselves into its jaws one by one with no chance of survival.
Payback time for the Asian Giant hornet
In its native lands, the Japanese bee has learnt to deal with the Asian giant hornet as well as the smaller Asian hornet Vespa velutina in two ways.
- The Asian hornet, especially, will capture bees on the wing. They will hawk them around the nest entrance and prey on returning bees, fatigued by their day’s work and weighed down by their sweet and juicy harvest. Bees at the entrance of the nest will warn returning bees not to approach the hive by forming a wave.
- The second method consists of luring the hornet into the nest and mobbing it. They then activate their wing muscles which generates heat. At the centre of the ball the heat rises to 42°C and literally roasts the invader alive.
The following video from National Geographic shows how Japanese honey bees easily overcome the Asian giant hornet. It’s just amazing how a difference in strategy will make all the difference. I have heard that European honey bees raised in Japan are beginning to adopt the method. But what would happen if the Asian giant hornet made it into Europe and the US? After all, the smaller Asian hornet already has!
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Have you had any experiences with the Asian hornet?