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Attack of the Giant Japanese Killer Hornets 2: Revenge of the Bees

Courtesy of National Geographic (and via Boing Boing, again) comes this great piece of wildlife documentary footage, giving an up-close look at the battle between Japanese giant hornets (fearsome scary great pincer-wielding assassin things) and honeybees (cutesy fluffy little wuvs who are totally going to get their arses kicked). Be sure to watch to the end to see the fascinating defense mechanism that the bees have evolved...

Posted by chris at October 26, 2005 12:05 AM | Permalink


Where do you find these things? The bit where the poor little honey wunny bee gets sliced in half by a hungry hornet is particularly *awesome/disturbing/stomach-churning (*delete as appropriate).

Posted by: Rich at October 26, 2005 11:25 PM

Yep, it's pretty fearsome stuff. I loved the scenes of the massive hornets moving serenely in for the attack, like Apache helicopters or something. Awesome.

Posted by: chris at October 27, 2005 12:23 PM

We actually get these around our house sometimes. I came home from work one day and we had a full fledged battle going on between the Osuzumebachi (Japanese Killer Hornets) and Akabachi (Red bees). I was unable to get into my house for about 45 minutes, as this was all happening over our front steps. It was absolutely fascinating, but a bit frightening as well. It was like watching a wide angle shot of a Top Gun style dogfight. The Osuzumebachi would catch and kill an Akabachi and let it fall to the ground as it moved on to its next target. In the end the Osuzumebachi carried all the dead Akabachi back to their nest across the river. I was amazed that I was actually still able to see them when they were over a hundred yards away.

Posted by: steve at November 6, 2005 07:04 PM

i heard that the killer hornets came over to california through old tires??

Posted by: andy at April 22, 2006 03:21 AM

I just caught one of these suckers, C. The ladies (you know which ones) were freaking out because this monster 'bachi was squatting (upside down) over one of the aircon vents - hmm... might sow a rumour that they've built a nest up there... ;-).

Grabbed a glass, grabbed some paper and caught that thing. I've NEVER seen a winged insect this big. Must've easily been 50mm long - but it was so thick that it was initially mistaken for a bumblebee.

Great fun.

I got a round of applause to exultations of "Hero! Hero!" afterwards. It was wonderful. Truly my 15 minutes of fame.

Posted by: Gunz at May 16, 2006 11:32 AM

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