The Asian Giant Hornet
Ranges from 3.5cm to 5.5cm in length
Can fly up to 25mph
Can fly up to 60mi in one day
Naturally preys on honey bees; one Hornet can decapitate up to 40 bees a minute using its large mandibles; it’s extensive armor and large size make it nearly impossible to kill. A couple dozen hornets can annihilate a 30,000 nest of bees in just a few hours.
The Japanese Giant Hornet kills 30 – 40 people annually and is the second most dangerous animal in Japan, the first being humans.
41 people were killed by the Asian Hornet in Shaanxi, China during 2013. More than 1,600 were injured. The Giant Hornet possesses a comparatively massive 1/4in stinger. Stings are reportedly extremely painful, often described as a large, hot nail being driven into the flesh.
While imported European honey bees are defenseless against this beast, the Japanese honey bee can stop the Giant Hornet scout before it can signal other hornets to come and destroy the honey bee hive. See this interesting method below, in which the bees swarm the hornet and burn it / suffocate it to death.
Hornet cooked by bees
Published on Jan 29, 2007
Bees raise their body temperature to cook an invading hornet.
***** WARNING – FLASHING LIGHTS = EPILEPSY WARNING *****
← I recommend this rig for when they land!
That head, tho.
I think it is equally fascinating that the bees can raise their body temp like a Tibetan monk to the point that they actually cook the awful wasp. What an awesome defense mechanism!