Fight!  Fight!

by mrcookieface on January 15, 2005 · 15 comments

in Audio Visual

30 hornets vs. 30,000 European honeybees

Brought to you with all the flair of an overly dramatic and suspenseful movie trailer.

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  • mrcookieface

    My 100th link!  Wooo!

  • .alphamonkey.

    Congrats! Only 720 more to go before you’re the post king!

  • Shadow Stalker

    What the hell?  Where did you get this?  Was it a documentary or a joke?

  • .alphamonkey.

    In a world where honey is the ultimate commodity.

    In a time of peace. 

    Along comes a hornet looking to help his people at any cost.

    With just one mark…





    These things just write themselves.

  • mrcookieface

    I can’t remember where I found this Shadow.  It’s been sitting on my hard drive for awhile now, but I think I found it on some nature site.  I’m assuming it’s a clip from the Discovery channel or PBS.

  • The Good Reverend

    yep.  I am one of those nature show geeks who saw this about 6 months ago on Discovery channel.

    I like the helicopter sounds as the hornets come in.  I was expecting them to start playing “Ride of the Valkyries”…

    “I love the smell of honey in the mornin’!  Smells like… victory.”

  • Cananopie

    OH MAN! I saw this one on the Discovery Channel not even a few months ago. Like in early October. It was called “Hornets from Hell” and they track these… these… things. And the music is NOT just for that excerpt. They played the most amazingly corny music the whole time. If you can see it at anytime EVER, I am telling you to miss your own wedding for it, it is the BEST documentary ever. Their venom can dissolve human tissue in hours. They fly up to 20 MPH. As you can see they kill whole colonies of bees just to feed their larva because they feed off the juices their larva creates for them. There was no insect that can stand a chance against it in a 1 on 1 battle. 1 Giant Hornet came up to a praying mantis and the mantis didn’t even have a CHANCE! They gave testimonials on how a wife watched her husband die of them and how aggressive they are! The craziest thing is you know how in the beginning they say “All it takes is 1 etc etc” because the scout goes and finds the honeybees nest and sprays it with a pharemone and leaves to come back and attack with a group. The attack you saw was on European honeybees. The Japanese honeybees which are extremely similar to the European honeybees when they see the scout they just continue on their business and let the scout spray, but the MILLISECOND its done spraying all the japanese honeybees attack the Giant Hornet and they dont sting, they SHAKE! They shake really fast. You know why?! Well I’m gonna tell you anyway because even though I saw this documentary 3 months ago it still leaves me in awe! And the reason why they shake the japanese hornet is because (don’t quote me on the exact temperatures here, but I am not more than 1 degree off) Japanese honeybees can withstand a temperature of 118 degrees while the giant hornet can only withstand a temperature of 116 degrees so they overheat the giant hornet to death thusly saving their colony. And I SWEAR I am not lying to you, watch the damn documentary! ANYONE who is a sheer atheist out there I want them to explain to me HOW these honeybees figured this out all on their own. You can call it evolution, but there is no way those bees figured that out on their own.I’m not saying any single religion is right or the way, in fact I mock most. But anyone who thinks NOTHING is taking part in our lives I beg to differ with that scenario I just gave.

    I actually talked about it a bit on my site a while back, here is the link I gave for it.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Well, I’m more akin to think that perhaps they developed that defensive attack over a vast amount of time rather than God told them it was the optimal temperature for Wasp death.  I mean c’mon. God won’t tell me where I put my car keys let alone how to wrestle a tiger, so why would he tell the bees how to kill wasps? 

  • Cananopie

    Oh, I know what you mean Alpha totally. I don’t believe in any organized religion nor do I believe that any sort of “God” is just telling animals things. But to discount there being no power over us at all is too far-fetched for me. I mean I’m not at all talking about any organized religion because I think that’s all crap personally. And I definately don’t think the power overriding is something at all that mankind can fathom. I agree that it probably happened over thousands of years, but the fact that it happened, that instictively they learn from their ancestors who never taught them anything really because, lets face it, a bees mind is not exactly brilliant is just amazing when you think about it. Somehow the bees figured out that SHAKING their enemy to death works. I mean- name me the last time a bee did experiments on arch-enemies as to what will hurt them the most. They have to instinctively know it, and it’s that instinct that you can’t truly explain on how they learned it. Yea, it’s evolution but explain what force is making those instincts. thats the crazy part. I’ll stop writing novels now.

  • mrcookieface

    Speed kills, Cananopie.

  • Cananopie

    Thanks Mr. Cookieface. I totally knew I wrote way too much on it, but it was seriously the best documentary ever.

  • .alphamonkey.

    No no no.  The best documentary ever is The Making of Caligula.  Truly.

  • mrcookieface

    You write however much you want to, Cananopie.

    I was jes teasin’


  • Cananopie

    Good. Because my first novel is coming out on Transbuddha message boards.

  • The Good Reverend

    Sweet!  So we can steal your intellectual property and turn it into a cash cow through self-help tapes and a lecture tour!

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