Behold one of the greatest massacres in natural history – Japanese Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia japonica) (the world’s largest hornet) versus European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) (our favorite honey producer),
The hornets often attack honey bee hives with the goal of obtaining the honey bee larvae. A single scout, sometimes two or three, will cautiously approach the nest, giving off pheromones which will lead the other hornets to the hive’s location. The hornets can devastate a colony of honey bees: a single hornet can kill as many as 40 honey bees per minute thanks to its large mandibles which can quickly strike and decapitate a bee. It takes only a few of these hornets a few hours to exterminate the population of a 30,000-member hive, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs.
We were lucky enough to find the original documentary narration from which used the creators of this song – National Geographic’s “Hornets From Hell“, but we predominantly used footage from another great documentary – BBC’s Natural World episode “Buddha, Bees And The Gaint Hornet Queen”.
For the soundtrack to this massacare we used Audio remix of InsideInfo track “Honey Bee”. You can find it on their “Grow EP” which was released on 28th May 2012 on Viper Recordings.