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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hornets from Hell

When I went to Rabun County to harvest honey at the beginning of August, I found a dead European hornet on the hive landing.  I have since learned that the beekeepers in N.  Georgia are having quite a time with the European hornet and the baldfaced hornet.  It looks to me as if the bees balled the hornet and then dragged her body out onto the landing.



I searched for the answer to how the bees might have killed the hornet.  I found this wonderful video on National Geographic about the ways bees kill the giant hornet in Japan.  But I imagine it's just what happened to the hornet in my hive.

If you'd like to see it, here it is.

3 comments:

  1. Rusty, with fall coming on all my hives are getting increased "interest" from the local yellowjacket/wasp populations. I have traps up everywhere! And yesterday, as I prepared to leave the beeyard after a very peaceful and sting-free bout of applying formic acid pads to all the hives, I must have got too close to a yellowjacket nest...got 5 stings all at once, crushed most of my attackers, all were yellowjackets. Got in the car, and began to realize I was getting itchy...really, really itchy!. I took a dose of Benadryl at the next stoplight, but by the time I got home the sting sites were throbbing, swollen, and I was breaking out in hives all over. And did I mention the itching? Gad. Once the Benadryl went to work things settled down, but it knocks me out so I was in bed soon after. And I am still itchy and swollen a day later! I don't react to bee stings at all after three years of beekeeping, but hornets appear to be another thing...

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  2. Very interesting video . I don't react to bee sting either but the yellow jacket sting is whole different ballgame. Last year they built a nest in my front flowerbed and every time I went out the door they went into attack mode. One attack left me with 15 stings and a trip to the hospital. It was right after that one that we figured out where they were nesting.... I normally don't use chemicals in the garden but believe me that nest got a triple dose the first night followed up with two more treatments a few days later.

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  3. Anonymous8:47 AM

    Warm air temperature between 46°C and 48°C kills varroa mites for sure.
    Put the bees in a wire cage and the cage in a small isolated box. Stabilize the temperature.
    It is natural and easy process which helps against bee viruses, too.

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