30 Wasps Vs 30,000 Bees; Bees Defend With Heat

 

Have you ever seen 30 wasps the size of your fist attack a hive of 30,000 honeybees in real time?  Here’s your chance! It’s like a single Chuck Norris taking on the entire United States Military.

The only defense bees have is to mob the wasps and generate intense heat

by contracting their wing muscles to suffocate the intruder.

Barrett Klein filmed the bees as they attacked a wasp within their hive.  An infrared look at the incendiary strategy can be seen here. 

 

Sources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDSf3Kshq1M

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/08/infrared-video-captures-bees-cooking-wasp-invader.html

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