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(   Ha Ha. You thought the rat apocalypse that was invading Britain was bad, get ready for the giant Asian killer hornets that have killed six so far   ( divider line
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2014-04-16 01:56:46 PM  
5 votes:
Some cool facts from wikipedia:

Beekeepers in Japan attempted to introduce European honey bees (Apis mellifera) for the sake of their high productivity. 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 honey bee colony, the Japanese honey bee (Apis cerana japonica) has an effective strategy. When a hornet scout locates and approaches a Japanese honey bee hive, she emits specific pheromonal hunting signals. When the Japanese honey bees 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 honey 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 honey bees raise the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ball. At that concentration of CO2, the honey bees can tolerate up to 50 °C (122 °F), but the hornet cannot survive the combination of a temperature of 46 °C (115 °F) 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.

So the effective strategy is...kill it with fire.
2014-04-16 03:22:27 PM  
2 votes:
"Other alien species include rhododendrons and the grey squirrel, which cause £10million worth of damage to trees every year, according to the Country Land and Business Association."

Just think of it as payback forthe damned starlings.
2014-04-16 02:47:03 PM  
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2014-04-16 01:19:26 PM  
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2014-04-16 03:46:30 PM  
1 vote:

DrunkWithImpotence: blindio: sovietski: ChipNASA: Smoke14: [ image 476x253]


Holy shiat! You'd need a baseball bat to take out one of those things!!

I was actually thinking a tennis racket strung with small gauge piano wire.

Honestly, I was thinking birdshot at this point.

no, no, don't do that; you'll just make them angry.
2014-04-16 03:08:15 PM  
1 vote:
Also, Giant Rats and Crayfish?  Sounds like Louisianna.  Home of Carcossa and the Yellow King
2014-04-16 03:08:02 PM  
1 vote:

sovietski: ChipNASA: Smoke14: [ image 476x253]


Holy shiat! You'd need a baseball bat to take out one of those things!!

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/Wait. . . oh shiat
2014-04-16 03:01:56 PM  
1 vote:
Thanks Noah.
2014-04-16 02:56:54 PM  
1 vote:
Just wait until the Malaysian Spider Wasps make it here...
2014-04-16 02:54:26 PM  
1 vote:
also known as a story that was submitted last year
2014-04-16 01:06:05 PM  
1 vote:
Ah yes, the Asian giant hornet, also known as the "yak-killer". Kills 30-40 people annually in Japan, has tissue-dissolving venom, and will gang up on you and sting the f*ck out of you until your kidneys give out.

It's like my favorite animal.
2014-04-16 12:20:47 PM  
1 vote:
Well they can't be that bad. This is just a tabloid exaggerating again. Let me go check this out.....

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