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Japanese honey bees defend themselves against ‘murder hornets’ by COOKING the invaders to death

There is a war going on in nature – murderous Asian hornets invade honey bee hives, decapitate the insects and feed the bodies to their young.

However, Japanese honey bees have developed a counter-attack that cooks the predators to death.

Called hot defensive bee balls, over 500 worker bees surround the hornets and vibrate their muscles to produce heat up to 116 Fahrenheit – the hornets scorch within an hour.

The giant hornets, which are more than double the size of honey bees and have a wingspan of more than three centimeters, are native to East Asia, but slowly occupy other parts of the world.

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There is a war going on in nature - murderous Asian hornets invade honey bee hives, decapitate the insects and feed the bodies to their young. However, Japanese honey bees have developed a counter-attack that cooks the predators to death.

There is a war going on in nature – murderous Asian hornets invade honey bee hives, decapitate the insects and feed the bodies to their young. However, Japanese honey bees have developed a counter-attack that cooks the predators to death.

“Anti-predator behavior is essential for survival for most animals,” researchers wrote in a study published in PLOS ONE.

“The neural basis of such behavior remains largely unknown, however.”

“While honeybees often use their sting to control predators, the Japanese honey bee (Apis cerana japonica) uses a different strategy to fight the giant hornet.”

The honey bees have developed the tactic to surround the invading hornets and kill them with heat.

In the fall months, giant Asian hornets attack Japanese honey bee colonies to steal larvae and pupae to feed.

Called 'hot defensive bee balls,' over 500 worker bees surround the hornets and vibrate their muscles to produce heat up to 116 Fahrenheit - the hornets scorch within an hour

Called 'hot defensive bee balls,' over 500 worker bees surround the hornets and vibrate their muscles to produce heat up to 116 Fahrenheit - the hornets scorch within an hour

Called ‘hot defensive bee balls,’ over 500 worker bees surround the hornets and vibrate their muscles to produce heat up to 116 Fahrenheit – the hornets scorch within an hour

In the fall months, giant Asian hornets attack Japanese honey bee colonies to steal larvae and pupae to feed. However, the bees come together in a spherical formation called a 'hot defensive bee ball' that traps the hornets inside

In the fall months, giant Asian hornets attack Japanese honey bee colonies to steal larvae and pupae to feed. However, the bees come together in a spherical formation called a 'hot defensive bee ball' that traps the hornets inside

In the fall months, giant Asian hornets attack Japanese honey bee colonies to steal larvae and pupae to feed. However, the bees come together in a spherical formation called a ‘hot defensive bee ball’ that traps the hornets inside

However, researchers have now discovered that more than 500 worker honey bees gather in a large group to fight back.

They come together in a spherical formation called a ‘hot defensive bee ball’ that keeps the hornets in.

The bees vibrate their flying muscles, creating temperatures of up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

The attack lasts about 20 minutes and the hornets are boiled to death within 30 minutes to an hour.

Although the hornets are native to Asia, they have made their way to the U.S. in recent months.

The bees vibrate their flying muscles, creating temperatures of up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit. The attack lasts about 20 minutes and the hornets are boiled to death within 30 minutes to an hour

The bees vibrate their flying muscles, creating temperatures of up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit. The attack lasts about 20 minutes and the hornets are boiled to death within 30 minutes to an hour

The bees vibrate their flying muscles, creating temperatures of up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit. The attack lasts about 20 minutes and the hornets are boiled to death within 30 minutes to an hour

However, European honey bees, a common pollinator in the nation, have not yet developed a hot defensive bee ball, and the hornets decimate hives

However, European honey bees, a common pollinator in the nation, have not yet developed a hot defensive bee ball, and the hornets decimate hives

However, European honey bees, a common pollinator in the nation, have not yet developed a hot defensive bee ball, and the hornets decimate hives

European honey bees, a common pollinator in the nation, have not yet developed a hot defensive bee ball, however, and the hornets decimate hives.

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) wrote in a blog post, “Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest hornet. ‘

In December 2019, WSDA received and verified two reports of an Asian giant hornet near Blaine.

These are the very first sightings in the United States.

Canada also discovered Asian giant hornets at two locations in British Columbia in late 2019.

The insects also have a large sting filled with venom containing neurotoxin, which can cause both cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock.

Beekeeper Conrad Bérubé told The New York Times he was recently attacked by a flock of ‘murder hornets’ on Vancouver Island.

“It was as if red-hot thumbtacks were punched in my flesh,” Bérubé explained, adding that he was bleeding from the attack.

Bérubé was stabbed seven times and was lucky enough to live.

But while the hornets can be deadly to humans, entomologists are more concerned that they can kill bee populations in North America.

The giant hornets, which are more than double the size of honey bees and have a wingspan of more than three centimeters,

The giant hornets, which are more than double the size of honey bees and have a wingspan of more than three centimeters,

The giant hornets, which are more than double the size of honey bees and have a wingspan of more than three centimeters,

The insects also have a large sting filled with venom containing neurotoxin, which can cause both cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock

The insects also have a large sting filled with venom containing neurotoxin, which can cause both cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock

The insects also have a large sting filled with venom containing neurotoxin, which can cause both cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock

Last November, a beekeeper in Washington State found “thousands and thousands” of his honey bees with torn heads.

“I couldn’t wrap my head around what that could have done,” said the keeper.

Asian giant hornets nest in the ground for most of the year, but are most active between July and November.

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