30 hornets vs. 30,000 bees = "300" with flying insects (video)

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Spoiler: the hornets win. Above, snip of BBC documentary with narrator commentary. Below, the EPIC MUSIC REMIX VIDEO.

(Via The Daily What)


    1. for ppl who tl;dr the video:  the bees swarm over the hornet, causing it to overheat: hornets, with larger bodies, have a tolerance 2 degrees lower than bees.  a hornet cannot liberate its heat from underneath the swarm of 100-200 bee bodies and dies. uh, but only the japanese bees have evolved this trick; european bees haven’t.

      tl;dr tl;dr japanese honeybees rock.

      1. Japanese hornets don’t really cause allergic reactions so much as they inject a caustic chemical that literally liquifies your flesh.

        a case of raid or suit of armor may be a better choice.

  1. More like Camerons “Aliens” with flying domsticised insects. ‘Cause the hornets are clearly not the good guys in this conflict, even if they’re in minority until they’ve eradicated their prey.

    Seriously, that was traumatic to watch. I want to go out there right now and whack hornets with a golf club. Stay away from my honey!

    1. Any particular reason why my joke comparing Spartans to Libertarians got deleted? I thought it was kind of funny.

  2. That’s awesome :) This made me feel slightly better about the video above, although I wonder what the Asian bees would have done had 30 hornets arrived and not one?

    1. Elves don’t show up at  Helm’s Deep, it’s Rohirrim and trees.

      Don’t tell me I’m wrong, let me pretend the movies never happened.

  3. Beautifully, stunningly shot video… and I admit I am guilty of anthropomorphizing the conflict so I felt awful for those bees!

  4. those hornets kill a number of people every year.  I am sure they serve some purpose in the eco system… I just wish they went extinct though.  There are not enough honey bees as it is.

    1. At the beginning of the video you link to, I thought, Yay! The dolphin is coming to rescue the bees!”

  5. I liked the shot of around 1:52-1:58 of the one honeybee actually giving the hornet some grief, for all it was worth. The insect version of those couple of guys who their P-4os in the air over Oahu and took out six Japanese planes before being shot down themselves.

  6. Sadly, I can’t find a clip of Katherine Hepburn’s monologue about the turtles and the birds from Suddenly Last Summer.

  7. Hate hornets!  I’ve run into bees and hornets on the job (cable repair tech) and in my experience, bees will leave you alone if you back off or just move slowly.  Hornets and Wasps…they’ll chase you down.   They scare the crap out of me everytime.

  8. Would someone please explain to me why right-clicking embedded Youtube videos on BoingBoing and selecting “Copy Video URL” frequently brings up URLs with “-nocookie” in them?  They don’t work when I paste them into an address bar later unless I take the “-nocookie” portion out.

    I thought it was some odd predilection on the part of the editors, but the link under “the EPIC MUSIC REMIX VIDEO” there doesn’t have “-nocookie”.

  9. What is the point of putting the “spoiler” right under the video window where everyone who doesn’t want to know the ending can read it?

  10. Wow. This reminds me of the time me and 29 of my friends each had to kill 1,000 little people just to eat their young. Worth it.

  11. Like so many amazing documentaries with awesome camera work (or interesting interviews), the music spoils it for me. And those sounds.. are those real or dubbed in later? How can we know?

  12. Didn’t watch. After reading some comments I want to but I can’t right now. Maybe. I’m in timid mode today.

  13. What is the point of putting a spoiler so close in proximity to the spoiler alert?
    In fact, was there any need for either?

  14. I remember watching a video like this 20 years ago and I was horrified for the bees. IIRC, they live in Asia, so our sweet bees are safe.

  15. Don’t be too sad.   Schedule a rematch between 30 giant hornets and a hive of African honeybees.    The European hive would be avenged gloriously.

    Reminds me of the Richard Pryor routine:  

    “Roll the window up, dear.”  

    “But it’s just a honeybee–” 

    “Fuck you.  Roll the motherfucking window up.   I ain’t never seen no bee look at me like that.”

  16. I’ve been looking but can’t find an explanation as to how the european bees are under attack by asian hornets? is this a controlled experiment or has there been an introduction of one species to the others habitat? or did i pick the whole thing up wrong?

  17. It would be very helpful if there was an explanation of the circumstances involved in the production of this video.  

  18. Still looking for the  “No animals were harmed in the production of this video” in the rolling credits. 

  19. Ugh. Reminds me of that hour-long cable program last night where pods of killer whales attacked and killed a baby gray whale in Monterey Bay. Brutal nature.

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