The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest hornet. They can grow to be more than two inches (5 centimeters) in length, and just a few dozen of them are able to wipe out entire honey bee colonies. Besides packing a powerful sting, they’ve also got incredibly strong mandibles which they use to cut honey bees into pieces.
The following National Geographic video shows the wasps brutally raiding a honey bee hive, but there’s a happy ending as the second half of the video shows how Japanese honey bees have figured out a way to deal with the invaders.
Besides raiding honey bee hives, the giant hornets have recently been in the news for stinging people in China, causing at least 28 deaths.
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