I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

While searching for a good story this morning, I happened upon this video that captures a live attack of a Bee hive by Giant Japanese Hornets.

The Hornets looked much like Interplanetary Alien Intruders as they slaughtered the poor defenseless bees who valiantly fight to protect their young.

This is one of the coolest videos I’ve ever seen. Take a look at the amazing footage following the commentary below:

Massacre in the hive: Amazing footage of 30 giant Japanese hornets slaughtering 30,000 tiny honeybees to eat their young

Tens of thousands are dead, hundreds more of the dying lie writhing on the battlefield, powerless to protect their children.

These horrifying and yet fascinating scenes are the highlights of a three-hour battle between just 30 giant Japanese hornets and 30,000 European honeybees.

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.

Vespa velutina – the hornet’s Latin name – is believed to have hit Europe in 2004 after hitching a ride to France on some pot plants transported from China.

In Asia, honeybees have learned to encircle an intruder and, by flapping their wings, cause it to overheat and die. But European bees have not had enough time to evolve an effective tactic.

The hornets begin their attack by hovering in front of a beehive, picking off single honeybees, decapitating them and stripping off their wings and legs before making off with the ‘meat ball’, taking it back to the nest to feed their young.

Adult hornets chew the flesh of their victims into a sticky liquid that it feeds to its offspring.

However, the hornets then step up their attack, emitting a chemical rallying cry that indicates that return flights to the nest must stop.

They they concentrate of the slaughter and with the honeybee stings simply not powerful enough to wound the hornets, up to 40 honeybees a minute can be killed.

After the massacre the hornets exchange liquids with each other to boost their energy.

They they fly unopposed into the comb to feed on the succulent and nutritious flesh of the gestating honeybee larvae.

The Japanese hornet is four times the size of our native honeybees and its sting has been compared to a hot nail being hammered into the body. They can fly up to 60 miles with a top speed of around 25 miles per hour.

Tim Lovett, of the British Beekeepers’ Association, described it as ‘an unpleasant little critter.’

The sting can be extremely painful to humans but, like bee stings, it is likely to kill only if the victim has a severe allergic reaction.

A more significant result of the hornet attacks is that the honeybee population plummets and, along with it, so does honey production.

Source: Daily Mail

Now the video footage of the battle in slow motion no less:

Related videos:
Japanese Hornet Killed by Asian Bees
Japanese Hornets Attack Yellow Hornets

  • Brain Cell

    Incredible! The slow-mo shot starting at 1:51 of the hornet with the bee on it’s head is awesome.

    Nature can be beautiful and brutal.

  • haywoodzarathustra

    Seems like ANY import from western Asia is devastating to everything. Kudzu, Asian Carp, Japanese Beatles, etc. Someone needs to repay them with an air drop of fire ants, palmetto bugs, blackwidows, poison ivy, and Gila Monsters.

  • Holy wow. At least the hornets were eating the bee larvae to get nutrients for their own hornet larvae. One nature show that haunts me is a video of these sea predators, can’t remember if it was a type of whale or a shark, that relentlessly followed a mommy whale and her calf that got separated from their group. All the predators did was eat the baby whale’s jaw– it was the ONLY thing they ate!– and of course the baby died and the mom had to keep on swimming to make it to their migratory site. All the mommy and baby whale wanted was to survive and they swam for all they were worth and then the baby was so completely wasted. It’s so mean, it’s not even circle of life-y, the Lion King lied to us.

  • haywoodzarathustra

    LOl. Sorry. I meant beetles, not the ones from Liverpool.

  • Those were Killer Whales who followed the mother and calf, Val. This is common behavior for them and quite often they get the calf and tear out it’s tongue.

  • It’s so mean and senseless (;_;)

  • Brain Cell

    mmmmmmmmmm….. whale tongue.

    – Homer J. Simpson

  • ravenhand

    Valkyrie it’s not wasteful at all. The baby whale floats down to the sea floor and its carcase feeds all kind of sea creatures.

  • ravenhand, true! I never thought of it like that, thanks, that makes me feel a tiny bit better 🙂