Nature Is Badass

by Ed Lau on January 20, 2008

It may not be 300 greasy looking Greek dudes kicking a million Persian asses but watching 30 massive hornets decimate a hive of 30,000 bees is just as awesome. This is apparently the Japanese Giant Hornet, which grows to be about 3 inches in size and can spray acidic pheromones that tell 29 of their closest friends to come and bring their cans of ownage.

Those poor bastards never had a hope in hell…

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Malcolm Owen January 21, 2008 at 1:50 am

Damnit, if only I had that kind of awesomeness in my everyday life…

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Mike Olbinski January 21, 2008 at 5:07 am

Why did I f-ing cry during that???

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Ed Lau January 22, 2008 at 1:14 am

…what…really?

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dcr January 21, 2008 at 7:22 am

Reportedly, though, the bees have developed a defense against the hornet. When they see the first scout, the bees swarm and suffocate the invader before it can bring in reinforcements.

Nature adapts. ;-)

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Michael Kwan January 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm

From what I remember, it’s not suffocation but rather overheating. A bunch of bees swarm the scout, and wrap themselves around it. They all then proceed to flap their wings as fast as possible, generating enough heat to (effectively) slowly cook the hornet to death. Very slow and painful for the hornet, apparently.

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John Chow January 21, 2008 at 10:22 am

This proves that strength in numbers doesn’t always work.

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India Travel March 30, 2010 at 1:57 am

I agree, it’s stupid. They should’ve realized that people that they love are mortal long ago.

It’s equally stupid to convert to a religion on the basis of these tragedies for the same reason.

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