While taking a walk this afternoon in the hills near my home I happened upon a dying specimen of the famous Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia). These insects are called suzumebachi (sparrow bee) in Japanese and are the largest hornets in the world. The insects make their living hunting other insects and specialize in attacking honeybee colonies where they will kill all of the bees and consume the larvae. The native honeybees of Japan, however, are not without defense as they will sometimes ambush en-mass an intruding suzumebachi, covering the hornet with their own bodies. This causes the body temperature of the wasp and bees to rise, killing the wasp which has a lower maximum temperature tolerance than the bees. Imported commercial honeybees have no such defense and are easy victims to suzumebachi in Japan and other parts of Asia. Correction: In the video I commented that the suzumebachi may consume the honey of a bee hive which is incorrect as these giant hornets actually eat the bee larvae.
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A sting can kill!
No judge to life
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THE PATH OF WILDNESS
The Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast's track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination
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