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…..

omg-rlly00  asked:

Tim I like cried when in Marble Hornets you talked about living in the hospital. It was very emotional. Hug me.

that one was hard because it was really cold out and it made it incredibly difficult to remember lines 

Movie Night, cuties!

My schedule was a bit messed up this week so I wasn’t able to do movie nights (except on Tuesday when we literally watched Marble Hornets from 4:30 PM to midnight and STILL wasn’t finished……………..)

Anyway, I will be streaming movies tonight! I am thinking I will do a scary movie, I was planning on streaming the 2nd Conjuring, buuuut I’m feeling like a chicken so maybe not? Maybe something else???? 

Anyway! I will start the movie around 10 PM EST tonight. I will open the room probably nowish so we can talk and hang out!

My rabb.it room is here – http://lets.rabb.it/886j/gCaJqqS5Gx

anonymous asked:

Whats your favorite halloween movies?


Edward Scissorhands

Sweeney Todd

Rocky Horror Picture Show (The remake was amazing I highly recommend)

 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

The Exorcist

The Grudge


The Shining

The Conjuring

Blair Witch Project

Marble Hornets (if you watch all of them at once it counts as a movie lmao)



Lights Out



anonymous asked:

How old were you when you first joined thac and started shooting marble hornets?

it was summer 2009 so 20.

and now i’m just shy of 28 D:

Reasons Tim is the most relatable character in Marble Hornets
  • literally runs away from his problems
  • “um ok or we could NOT do that/it might NOT be that” every time Jay says anything
  • gas station peanuts + beef jerky = meal
  • “how are you doing?” “well I’m not dead, so”
  • doesn’t know where his own fuse box is
  • think something’s suspicious? Google it
  • tired of everything and everyone
  • would punch the Operator in its not-face if he could
  • gay

anonymous asked:

you've never actually had a seizure, right? I'm asking mainly because Tim in Marble Hornets has them, and I'm hoping that you've never had them because they're really miserable :<

i have not, but i tried to make it look as realistic as i could

Facts people tend to forget about in the creepypasta fandom

1. Slenderman is featured in many creepypastas but is not an actual creepypasta himself

2. Slenderman and The Operator are two different beings

3. The creator of Ticci Toby asked that Toby only be shipped with his canon girlfriend, Clockwork

4. Masky and Hoody are not creepypasta, they belong to the youtube series ‘Marble Hornets’


6. Jane the killer does not have a crush on Jeff the killer, nor are they in any type of relationship. Jane’s goal is to kill Jeff

7. There is no ‘creepypasta mansion’ or 'slenderman’s house’ in any canon of the more popular creepypasta

8. Many authors of famous pastas have either abandoned the fandom or let the internet take their characters because of how many people obsess over and misrepresent their characters (ex: the author of eyeless jack removed the story from the wiki and said there are much better things you could be reading)

9. Respect others opinions. With thousands of stories, both original and spin-offs, people have different opinions on all of them. (This goes for shipping as well, not everyone in this fandom ships pastas with other pastas)

10. THERE ARE MORE STORIES BESIDES JEFF THE KILLER. Read some and make some, keep the fandom circulating!