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30 giant Japanese hornets kill 30,000 bees

By T.K. Randall
January 14, 2012 · Comment icon 26 comments



Image Credit: CC 2.1 Kenpei
A new documentary shows footage of the massacre of 30,000 bees at the hands of just 30 giant hornets.
The incredible video details the struggle between European honey bees and a small group of giant Japanese hornets, without an adequate defence against their much larger counterparts the bees are helpless to defend their hive. The hornets are thought to have reached Europe in 2004 after hitching a ride to France on cargo transported from China.
Tens of thousands are dead, hundreds more of the dying lie writhing on the battlefield, powerless to protect their children. These horrifying and yet fascinating scenes are the highlights of a three-hour battle between just 30 giant Japanese hornets and 30,000 European honeybees.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (26)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by DigitalDreamer 11 years ago
I saw this a while back,Don't know why it has come back into the spotlight aha
Comment icon #18 Posted by blakieee 11 years ago
FOR SPARTA!
Comment icon #19 Posted by reggie2011 11 years ago
i know the answer to everything lets africanise them!!! man im so full of awsome idea's X)
Comment icon #20 Posted by reggie2011 11 years ago
or we could put super massive heads on them like those ants,AND africanise them and put little ray guns on there back and introduce them like cane toads everywhere ..humans are the smartest thing in the universe after all.. go humans!! i dont know whats more stupid the part were we pretend to care or the part were we just do stupid things in the name of sceince and caring and ruin this delecate little place we call home lightyears away from any habitable planet, i hope we cant get there i really do..
Comment icon #21 Posted by C.J. 11 years ago
he he giant hornets rule!!!!!
Comment icon #22 Posted by laserlife 11 years ago
the fiming of this is pretty awesome though!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Ravinar 11 years ago
Well, they aren't entirely defenseless... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsT-Zshzix4&feature=related those are the native Japanese honey bees. they know that trick from evolving along side the hornets. honey farmers in japan who use European honey bees only do so because they make more honey then the native honey bees. but when they do they run the risk of losing whole hives to those hornets. the farmers can lose a whole years worth of work if they are dumb enough to not have at least a few hives of the native bees just in case.
Comment icon #24 Posted by smokeycat 11 years ago
those are the native Japanese honey bees. they know that trick from evolving along side the hornets. honey farmers in japan who use European honey bees only do so because they make more honey then the native honey bees. but when they do they run the risk of losing whole hives to those hornets. the farmers can lose a whole years worth of work if they are dumb enough to not have at least a few hives of the native bees just in case. Apparently they are now in Europe... The mass slaughter is possible because the European honeybees did not grow up around the Japanese Hornets and thus have no defenc... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Quiet Sky1 11 years ago
Poor bees
Comment icon #26 Posted by time monster 11 years ago
Those hornets do not look real. Is this a fake?


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