Bee Facts – Japanese Honeybees

 

Keep out of our nest!

 

Did you know that Japanese honeybees have developed an effective collective defense mechanism whereby they form a ‘bee ball’ around hornets that would otherwise devastate a hive. As the hornet enters the nest, a large mob of about 500 honey bees surrounds it, completely covering it and preventing it from moving, and begin quickly vibrating their flight muscles. This causes a huge rise in temperature and a lack of oxygen which boils and suffocates the hornet to death.