This is absolutely incredible. The media is already trying to make everyone panic of the infamous "murder hornet" which has been found in America.
There are a few things that the media isn't telling you though. They're not letting you know that it was only one hornet that was found and it was dead when they found it. There has not been a colony found anywhere either. Honestly, the hornet could have been the sole insect to make it this far and it could have been dead the whole time.
There have been reports that hundred are here, but they look very similar to another hornet that people are mistaking for the murder hornet.
Another thing is that these things aren't as dangerous as the media makes them out to be. Yes, they hurt, but only 30-50 people die each year from these in Japan. You have better odds of getting struck by lightning than you do getting stung and dying from one of these.
Then there are those who are worried about them decimating the honeybee population. It's not going to happen for a number of reasons.
There are a lot of beekeepers in the United States. They're not going to allow them to take out their bees. If colonies of the hornets are ever found, they're going to be destroyed.
Then on top of all of that, some honeybees aren't defenseless against these attackers.
Unlike European honeybees, the Japanese bees, when attacked, form into a “hot defensive bee balls” around the intruder. They vibrate their bodies, which raises the temperature to 116 Fahrenheit. The Japanese bees can withstand 117 degrees — the Asian giant hornet, 115 degrees.
So, a swarm that surrounds a hornet literally cooks the intruder to death.
A National Geographic video captured the defensive strategy in action. In the clip, a “murder hornet,” sent out to scout a hive, flies up and strolls in, unaccosted. The honeybees appear to be going about their business until, all at once, they attack. Hundreds of honeybees swarm the intruder, and thermal photography shows the temperature inside the writhing ball rising to 116 degrees, roasting the hornet alive.
This is absolutely amazing. Watch:
Ok, this may be the coolest video ever. Murder hornets defeated! https://t.co/AvmJ5oGS3r
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