A small but highly efficient killing machine, the Japanese giant hornet, lurks in the mountains of Japan. Next time you get stung by a European honey bee, think of this Japanese hornet. The voracious predator pumps out a dose of venom with an enzyme so strong it can dissolve human tissue. Just a handful of these large insects can kill 30,000 European honeybees within hours.
It’s interesting how bees such as the native Japanese honey bee adapt to their own particular situation and dangers. They’ve clearly come across this problem before and learned how to cope.
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European honey bees have been introduced to Japan because they produce more honey than the native honeybees. However this is a danger from which the Europeans cannot defend themselves.
The Colony Collapse Disorder problems, which are threatening bees in Europe and America, pale into insignificance compared with this hornet. Watch an attack of the giant hornet on a beehive, and learn the surprising secret that these honeybees use in their defense.