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Giant Hornets Could Turn on One Another


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Here’s the good new about giant killer hornets, which have arrived into the U.S. from Asia, when they have nowhere else to turn for food, they turn on one another. And heads will roll, literally. Their preferred preference of attack is decapitation.

The bad news is that the largest hornet on earth much prefers a less risky proposition, attacking an insect about a fifth their size, American honeybees. It’s more than rooting for the underdog bees here, it’s that honeybees for all sorts of other reasons are threatened anyway. A number of bee diseases are on the rise, there’s a proven link between commonly used fungicides and an increased risk of Nosema infection among bees, also pesticides kill bees. Bees are prone to tracheal and Varroa mites that attach themselves to the insides of the bees’ bodies and consume the insect’s blood until the bee dies. We depend on bees! We really do – for so many crops, which I don’t know that people understand.

The threat from giant killer hornets is real, and scientists are attempting to find ways to eradicate them before they devour our precious bees.

 

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