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Hot Defensive Bee Ball Cooks Hornet Alive

By Sarah Zhang | March 19, 2012 3:59 pm

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It’s a hot mess.

A giant hornet feasting on honeybee larvae has nothing to fear from a honeybee’s stinger. That puny thing? Ain’t gonna pierce this rigid exoskeleton. But 500 angry bees—now that’s a problem.

When Japanese honeybees detect a hornet in their hive, they swarm around it by the hundreds. The collective vibration of their flight muscles makes it just hot enough (about 116 F) to be lethal for the hornet. Give it 30 to 6o minutes, and the hornet has been cooked to death.

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