Amazing footage of 30 giant Japanese hornets attacking beehive

caitlin1214

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The video, from a National Geographic documentary called Hornets From Hell, shows a full-scale attack on the honeybees' comb in order that the hornets can get at their larvae.

The mass slaughter is possible because the European honeybees did not grow up around the Japanese hornets and thus have no defence against them.

Rest of the article here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...0-European-honeybees-video.html#ixzz1jPM9eDxk




Given the subject matter, I want to give people a choice of whether or not they want to see this stuff. That's why I'm not posting any of it here. Stills from the video, plus the actual video accompany the article.
 

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Honestly, I wasn't really thinking about that while I was watching it. I saw the pictures first. Then I watched the video.


It wasn't until I saw the aftermath that the sheer number just hit me: 30,000 bees were killed, all the larvae are dead and it was just a massacre.
 

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That made me sad :sad: I actually love bees (mostly bumblebees, but still). Those hornets are horrifying, if I ever came across one I'd probably punch it haha