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Creepy attack hornet?

Postby madamezil » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:11 am

For the last two days there have been a couple of hornet-like flying insects literally ATTACKING bees as they are gathering pollen. They have the yellow striping like yellowjackets, but fly like hornets. I have been Googling endlessly, but can't find anything. Not only are they aggressive, but they seem to know when I am coming as well. Have tried to catch one with a net, but they are too fast. Anybody have any ideas? These are truly one of the creepiest things I have seen, especially when they jump on the bees and start stinging them.
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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby davefrombc » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:19 am

Try Googling " Bee wolf" I think you'll find your predator there .
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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby madamezil » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:01 am

Egad, Dave! You win the prize-that's what they are. The question is, now how do I get rid of them? Apparently the nests are really hard to find. I guess a little whip round with the Mantis tiller is in order. Did our super warm summer have anything to do with this? I don't remember seeing them before. Thanks so much for that, now I don't have to stand out in the front yard with a butterfly net to try and catch one. :D BTW, I don't use the net for butterflies-it is part of my bird hits window rescue kit.
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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby davefrombc » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:22 am

Bee wolves aren't normally aggressive to humans .. They are after the bees to feed their larvae. You can find videos of them attacking a hive on youtube..
Here is an extreme example. Fortunately it is not that common among the different species of the Bee Wolf wasp. I wouldn't worry about trying to find their nesting site .. It could be a mile from your place.
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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby BBQ » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:25 am

I was interested enough to look this up!
Here's a link:

http://www.discovercreation.org/newslet ... eewolf.htm

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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby madamezil » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:32 am

Very interesting link,BBQ. Grrr. Guess there's not much I can do. I know everything has a place in Nature's order, but the poor bees! :( Thanks all.
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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby davefrombc » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:51 am

I don't know what happened when I first tried to post this link , but here is an extreme example of bee wolves attacking a hive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YP-o9JAH78
It isn't for the squeamish , even though it is insects on insects.
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Re: Creepy attack hornet?

Postby madamezil » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:03 pm

Gruesome! Only made it through 53 seconds.
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