asian giant hornets

Japanese honeybees kill hornets by enclosing them in a ball of bees, and then shaking so fast and generating so much heat that they cook the hornet at 115°F. - Source

European honeybees have no innate defense against the hornets, which can rapidly destroy their colonies. Although a handful of Asian giant hornets can easily defeat the uncoordinated defenses of a honeybee colony, the Japanese honeybee has an effective strategy. When a hornet scout locates and approaches a Japanese honeybee hive, she emits specific pheromonal hunting signals. When the Japanese honeybees detect these pheromones, a hundred or so gather near the entrance of the nest and set up a trap, keeping the entrance open. This permits the hornet to enter the hive. As the hornet enters, a mob of hundreds of bees surrounds it in a ball, completely covering it and preventing it from reacting effectively. The bees violently vibrate their flight muscles in much the same way as they do to heat the hive in cold conditions. This raises the temperature in the ball to the critical temperature of 46 °C (115 °F). In addition, the exertions of the honeybees raise the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ball. At that concentration of CO2, they can tolerate up to 50 °C (122 °F), but the hornet cannot survive the combination of high a temperature and high carbon dioxide level. Some bees do die along with the intruder, much as happens when they attack other intruders with their stings, but by killing the hornet scout, they prevent it from summoning reinforcements that would wipe out the entire colony.

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We blindfolded 15 homophobes and asked them to hit piñatas with a stick. The piñatas were actually deadly Asian giant hornet nests. What happens next will warm your heart.

anonymous asked:

Ohhh what do you think bug cyclonus would be? Some sort of creepy crawly? I keep thinking centipede or something but omg the poor human getting all lost or whatever and then just. Seeing probably the most terrifying thing in their life.

( Melly’s Mod Notes: Cy is one of my favourites in this AU and you’ll find out soon enough. )


✦ Cyclonus is an unholy combination of a Asian Giant Hornet and a European Wasp. He’s purple, yes, and it doesn’t change the fact he is one of the most terrifying creatures the traveler has ever met during their stay in Cybertron. Because if God is dead and only cruel irony remains, we might as well make Cy a fucking monster that only Tailgate can love and Whirl can fight if he’s bored and it’s a Tuesday.

✦ The traveler meets Cyclonus after hearing nothing but praise and good things from Tailgate during their stay with the little moth. Tailgate usually brings Cy a package of sweet seeds and nectar every week and, out of curiosity and wanting to lend a hand, the traveler offers to do it one day when they see Tailgate prepare it. They begin to regret their decisions while making their way to the nest, noticing how the forest around them becomes cooler and darker and quieter and oh God there are red eyes staring at them from the ground like in the horror movies help. (Relax, traveler. It’s only Cy carefully coming out of his burrow to see who this strange, nice smelling creature is. It’s not Tailgate and it isn’t Whirl itching for his weekly fight so he’s confused. He only becomes more confused when the little one yells, throws a package at him, and runs away.)

✦ After that, Tailgate accompanies the traveler when he goes to drop off the treats. The two are awkward around each other every time they meet up. The traveler is mortified by their manners from their first encounter and Cyclonus is ashamed of he how he scared someone so badly. It’s only through the sheer force of Tailgate’s personality that they talk and begin to bond over interests they share like nature and meditation. Tailgate is pleased by these turn of events with how he is determined to make his friends be friends with each other. (There’s a reason the seeker moths stopped harassing the little fella when they thought he’ll be an easy thing to bully during mating season.)

✦ Cyclonus likes the human well enough. They smell delicious, of course, but he likes their company more than anything else. He doesn’t speak to anyone else besides Tailgate due to a poor reputation he has and was content to staying in his burrow, looking forward to the brief conversations he had with Tailgate. Then they came into his life, giving him a second chance despite how poorly (and hilariously) the first meeting went. They bring him items and gifts they think he’ll enjoy - books and song parchments, jellies and sweets - and listen to his singing along with Tailgate and any stories he may have. They even defend him when someone tried to pick a fight with him at Swerve’s. The traveler becomes very near and dear to his heart quickly enough and he’ll protect them like how he protects Tailgate.

✦ So now Cy finds himself protecting two little marshmallows from danger. He knows Tailgate can protect himself and the traveler is clever but that doesn’t mean he’ll let his guard down. He will rip someone an actual new one of someone tries to force themselves on either of them or if he finds them being bullied or harassed by the bigger bugs. In return the pair take care of Cy’s injuries if he comes by Tailgate’s nest asking for help with his torn wings or scratched up plating.

✦ With the help from the traveler, Tailgate finally convinces Cyclonus to join his nest. Cy was only able to resist the invitations since there’s only one Tailgate looking at him sadly and asking him so sweetly. Now there’s someone else doing the same thing? Impossible for him to resist. He pretends to grumble and complain as they move his favourite possessions into the nest, saying how it’s too bright and too noisy and too much of anything that comes to mind. Inside? He’s… He’s happy. He always wanted to stay by Tailgate’s side yet he felt like he didn’t deserve it. Funny how the appearance of an alien, brave and selfless and kind, can chance things for him. (It’s kind of a shame the moving in means he’s closer to Whirl though. Whirl can now fight him if he’s bored during a Tuesday and Thursday.)

lithe-cloud  asked:

Sweetness. I've been cranking out a bunch of notes on this since I typed up that ask yesterday. Also, fair warning, this idea is hampered by the fact that I have yet to kick my ass in gear and read the manga... which I will have to do if I wanna actually start writing this... The primary premise is, like I said, a Reforming-Villain!AU where Hitoshi (always forget if his given name is Hitoshi or Shinsou...), Izuku, Momo and several other unknown children were kidnapped as children to be trained

as personal assassins, body guards and scapegoats for an up-and-coming Villain group calling itself Epitaph. The children were not chosen before hand, but they were all children under the age of 8 that seemed likely to be either left alone or left behind. Upon their abduction, all children were assigned an title and were punished for using or acknowledging their old names. The villain group essentially trained these kids using heavy amounts of coercion, manipulation, indoctrination and conditioning. They were only allowed their favorite foods, hobbies, etc. for good performance and behavior. They received praise for good performance and behavior. The harshest punishments were reserved only for deliberate rebellion, escape attempts, or self-repentance as attempts at seeming “reasonable” and “fair”. When it was discovered that several of the children had selfless natures, punishments switched from reprimanding the one who failed to punishing their peers as motivation. 

 The leader of the group, Alkaid (Quirk: Supernova - Superheats gas around her into plasma) is a huge mythology and symbolism buff, so she named all the agents after mythical creatures that suited either their Quirks or (in Izuku’s case) their useful personality trait. Izuku was given the name Gamayun, Hitoshi was given the name Encantado. Momo was given the name Yakshini. Their peers were OC characters that, for one reason or another, are inactive/dead (Changeling - Tried to escape and was executed, age 14. Phantom - killed in an attack by small time villains, age 9. Hecatonchier - openly defied Epitaph and proceeded to go underground, whereabouts unknown). I spent a long time switching back and forth between wikitionary and google translate to come up with their True names and Quirks, especially for 2 dead characters and 1 missing one. Phantom’s name was Aya, she had the ability Chameleon (color and visible texture mimicry) Changeling was Shouji Kaku with the Quirk Stand-In (as long as he keeps his eyes on the object, he could fabricate illusions and change the appearance of anything he’s touching), and Yosano Naomi, Hecatonchier, had the Quirk Rejection (telekinetically shove anything within a 10’ radius of herself). 

Epitaph itself is an organization run by 4 individuals with Alkaid at the helm. There’s also Blessed, Senri and Ken. Alkaid is doing this because she wants power, wealth and status, seemingly for no discernible reason. She wasn’t abused or poo. she just honestly doesn’t seem to care. Senri (Quirk: Hair Strings - by manipulating the thickness and elasticity of his head and body hair, he can turn each strand into razor-like wires) is her second, and believes that a world without fear or hardship is one of stagnation. He is a thrill-seeker who will go out of his way to create hardships for others and was the one to propose the kidnapping idea. Ken (Quirk: Demolition Fist - when calm and concentrating, his strength is multiplied by a  factor of 4) is Senri’s best friend and will follow him to the ends of the earth. He’s seemingly the least openly malicious of Epitaph. Last is the most vicious member, Blessed (Quirk: Nirvana - anyone she touches has their nerve endings enhanced, magnifying their pleasure/pain response significantly), was a former prospective hero who took a routine subdue mission too far, sending the criminal into a coma. Her license was revoked and she was to be jailed for aggravated assault, but she fled underground and vowed revenged for being denied what she feels it rightfully hers. Blessed is also the one who oversaw the kids training. 

The opening of the story revolves around that the idea that Izuku, Hitoshi and Momo are, tired of their oppression but too afraid to leave and too unsure of where they should go, have two chance meetings; one that reminds them of their lives before Epitaph and plants a seed of doubt, a chance encounter with All Might some time afterwards. The agents, known under the collective name of Suzumebachi (the Giant Asian Hornet), are semi-well known by this point. 

The remaining members have gotten at least a few kills each under their belts, some of them heroes. All Might is prepared for them to try and attack him, but they don’t. Instead, they pull off their blank, featureless masks one by one, revealing the faces of children, and haltingly ask for help. All Might asks them to trust him and takes them to Yuuei, where he hopes that having other heroes on (lol I hit the comment limit, so if this is a bit disjointed, I’m sorry) Anyway, All Might takes them to Yuuei to see about getting more heroes on their side, both to work out setting up some protection for the kids and to see about reuniting them with their families. There’s a brief moment of panic where Alkaid calls Hitoshi’s cell and alludes to making a move against their families in retribution for the betrayal, but the heroes communicate with those out on patrol to protect the parents and get them to Yuuei to reunite with their lost children. THAT part is gonna be fun to write lol. While the heroes are busy retrieving the parents, the heroes at the school ask for information on Epitaph - motivations, members, activities, etc.. 

The reunion is suitably tearful and everyone’s happy to see each other again, but there is a serious matter to attend to… The kids are killers. Reluctant ones under coercion and duress, but still killers. They have to stand trial. Thankfully, the court is willing to believe the heroes who believe Izuku, Hitoshi and Momo. Their sentence is lightened, and Nedzu/Aizawa/Someone proposes that the children be placed at Yuuei, where they can learn and grow in a normal environment, become re-socialized and be under the watchful eyes of heroes able to subdue them if necessary. If cleared by teachers, by the end of their terms at school, they will be free to rejoin society at large, even becoming heroes as long as they, by mandate, join an agency. 

And… That’s by and large all the important bits so far! How does it all sound? 

ANON THIS IS SUM SOLID WORLDBUILDING I LOVEEEE   

you thought this out thoroughly lnjadlnjd;ad i can’t wait to read it should u ever write it ahHhh.

i can imagine izuku, momo, and hitoshi being ostracized by a lot of students, b/c they are known killers, but class 1-a is composed of mostly sweethearts so i’m sure they will be pretty accepting^^ the teachers would especially be supportive of them–i assume they will be signed up for extra counseling?? group therapy??? god knows they need it.

Pewdiepie’s dick has no innate defense against the hornets, which can rapidly destroy his foreskin. Although a handful of Asian giant hornets can easily defeat the uncoordinated defenses of Pewdiepie’s dick anatomy, Pewdiepie has an effective strategy. When a hornet scout locates and approaches Pewdiepie’s foreskin, she emits specific pheromonal hunting signals. When Pewdiepie detects these pheromones, a hundred or so gather near the entrance of his urethra and set up a trap, keeping the entrance open. This permits the hornet to enter his dick. As the hornet enters, a mob of hundreds of bees surrounds Pewds’s dick in a ball, completely covering it and preventing it from reacting effectively. The bees violently vibrate their flight muscles in much the same way as they do to heat the hive in cold conditions. This raises the temperature in the ball to the critical temperature of 46 °C (115 °F). In addition, the exertions of the Pewdiepie’s foreskins raise the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ball. At that concentration of CO2, they can tolerate up to 50 °C (122 °F), but the hornet cannot survive the combination of high a temperature and high carbon dioxide level.

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Dog Fight

Giant Asian Hornets - Vespa mandarinia vs. Vespa soror (Vespidae)

In the latter third of the year, the giant Vespid hornets are on the wing foraging for carrion to feed their hives. Even if you don’t see them, you can hear them searching through the canopy and amongst the leaf litter for prey. Once they locate something, the response is swift and ruthless.

In this case, the daddy of them all and the world’s largest hornet, Vespa mandarinia had stumbled across a marginally smaller Vespa soror. Both would have had the same mission, but obviously the large V. mandarinia did not consider the V. soror too much of a risk. They both tumbled out of a tree onto the ground in a buzzing mass, and while I approached and took pictures, the smaller hornet had its head eaten and the rest of its body completely dismembered. In the end, the victor departed with only the thorax of its quarry on board. Potentially, it may have returned for the abdomen. The whole attack and butchering took just over a minute.

Multiple human casualities are reported annually in China from hornet attacks, which has earned them a reputation worthy of caution but probably not a true reflection of reality. I would guess the majority of attacks occur while rural folk are collecting the massive nests. The developing larval and pupal wasps are plucked from their paper cells and sold at market for frying as food and pickling as a traditional medicine. Although intimidating, I have been in very close proximity to many of these large hornets in the wild as individuals, and they either ignore you or display only a fleeting curiosity, before going on their way. As with most things, I am sure if I yelled hysterically and flailed my arms about, the response might be very different. I would NEVER knowingly approach a nest.

My experience has been that the smaller species such as Vespa velutina are far more aggressive away from the hive and will pester and pursue you, and may, in fact, be the culprits in many adverse hornet-human encounters. Unfortunately, the “burn it with fire” philosophy of the Chinese layman literally applies in all cases irrespective of species or intentions (as it does pretty much everywhere in the world).

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese Hymenopterans (wasps, hornets, bees, ants and sawflies) on my Flickr site HERE…..

Pernis ptilorhynchus, aka the crested honey buzzard, is, well, a big bird. Common sense says that seems like pretty much the worst thing to be in a fight against a swarm of huge, overtly toxic hell-insects. The honey buzzard, however, disproves our puny logic by being the only natural predator to Asian giant hornets – and therefore pretty much the only thing keeping the entire ecosystem of Asia from collapsing into a dark, twisted realm ruled by the Hornet King.

It manages to hunt the little monsters by having certain natural advantages that come off like they were designed by Lucius Fox himself. The buzzard’s coat consists entirely of unique feathers that are capable of protecting it against wasp stings like the ornithological equivalent of the Batsuit.

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Thirty Asian giant hornets, following a scent laid by their scout, descend on a hive of honey bees and get straight to the decapitations. The hornets snag the tiny bees and pop their heads right off using their enormous mandibles. Here a head, there a head. Desperately, the bees try to sting the hornets, yet they can’t puncture the giants’ armor.

One by one the bees fall, a single hornet taking down as many as 20 victims a minute. The remarkable Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, grows to almost two inches in length and can sting through a rain jacket. The hornet is formidable, to say the least, but the native honey bees it menaces have an ingenious defense: They form a ball around the scout hornet and vibrate to cook the invader to death.

Read more about this week’s Absurd Creature, a modern winged T. rex.

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Butcher at Work

The Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa soror, Vespidae) almost matches the world’s largest V. mandarinia (also a Yunnan local) for size, but probably exceeds it in predatory voracity.

I was a late arrival to this murder scene and am not sure if the hornet was the original cause of this large Hawk Moth Caterpillar’s (Sphingidae) demise, but it was certainly dividing up the spoils. The hornet may very well have assaulted the caterpillar in the tree canopy and then ridden it to the crowd for butchering. The carrion is chewed to a pulp by the adult hornet and fed to the hornet larvae but first needs to be returned to the nest in portable morsels and this individual was hell-bent on separating the caterpillar’s head from the rest of the mess before airlifting it away.

The Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa soror, Vespidae) below had taken the easy option and commandeered a Pink Skimmer dragonfly (Orthetrum pruinosum) ensnared in the web of a Jorō Spider (Nephila clavata). Suspended from the web, the hornet was unceremoniously dismembering and devouring it’s stolen meal.

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese Hymenopterans (wasps, hornets, bees, ants and sawflies) on my Flickr site HERE…..

Just a friendly reminder that the bees you shake out of trees are not actually bees. That is a mistranslation. They are Asian giant hornets. In real life, these suckers are as big as your thumb and can kill you even if you’re not allergic. If you don’t believe me, go to the wiki - that’s where I found this out.

Sweet dreams.

nightbirds-tavern  asked:

"Well look what we have here..." The tsuchigumo said as she dropped down from the tree she was resting on, landing right infront of the the firefly. "It seems I've found my meal~"

Scream and run? No… No, that would be expected from her, wouldn’t it?

… Ah, yes. Scream, run, /and/ summon a swarm of giant Asian hornets to defend her! That’ll work. 

So there she goes, screaming over the sound of loud buzzing.