Bees Use ‘Bullshit’ Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay

Bees Use ‘Bullshit’ Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay

Wellesley College biologist Heather Mattila went to Vietnam to understand how Asian honeybees defend themselves from the hornets there. “Giant hornets will hunt honeybees on their own and grab them one by one. The alternative to covering their house in ...[CLIP: Censored beep sound]... was annihilation of the colony in the face of overwhelming giant hornet invasion. Asian honeybees are a different species than the Western honeybees in Europe and North America. I didn’t have a lot of personal experience with Asian bees, and so meeting them was kind of like meeting the crazy cousin of the bees you know really well.

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