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So you think wasps are bad? You ain't seen shit yet.
If you're one of those people who will change your route to work because there might be a wasp's nest near the path you normally use to get there, then be glad you don't live in Japan. Because in Japan, they've got giant Japanese hornets instead of normal wasps.
...Ok, they probably have normal wasps there too, but next to these fuckers a regular wasp doesn't even register as so much as a nuisance. Your average giant hornet is 5 times the size, and 20 times the weight, of a normal European wasp. And they've got a sting to match: A European wasp is content with just having a painful acid for a sting; giant hornets have flesh-melting poison as well as a neurotoxin that, when combined, can kill an adult human with a single sting. And, a painful acid too, just for added fuck-you-in-the-face factor.
To put all this shit into perspective: European honey bees are not threatened by European wasps, because they're the same size as each other and the bees have a huge number advantage over attacking wasp swarms. They easily fend off wasps... but when the same number of Japanese hornets find a honey bee nest, the ensuing one-sided bloodbath really does have to be seen to be believed. Remember: The honeybees in this video are the roughly same size, and temperment, as the wasps you think are so bad.
So the next time you get a wasp buzzing around you, by all means shoo it away and / or get the can of Raid out as you always would, but just remember: The natural world can be a scary goddamned place, and you're lucky to get off so lightly as to only see the minor annoyances, instead of the airborne engines of suffering they've got elsewhere in the world.
Have a nice fucking day.
And if you DO live in Japan... well, sucks to be you. :P
Funny; I remember seeing a video on YouTube of a single wasp killing an army of honey bees. Poor little fuckers got cut in half by the wasp almost effortlessly.
Also, I love to find big wasp/bee hives and mess with it. They haven't been able to get a sting on me as of yet.
Nicely written topic, by the way.
At 1 minute ago, tox wrote: id like to see how they stack up against humans
They're responsible for more deaths than every other wild animal put together in Japan, and similar species can be found all over Asia. No-one knows the overall yearly death toll due to giant hornets, but it's likely to be in the hundreds of not thousands.
They, like other wasps, will also emit a pheromone on death that calls nearby wasps to you and marks you as a threat. The difference here is that, due to their size, they produce much more of this pheromone than normal wasps, and so the signal travels a lot farther. You can kill one that's not anywhere near the nest, only to later be mobbed by a dozen more and shown the same kind of treatment they give to honeybees.
Ergo; humans don't really stack up that well, I'm afraid.
At 7 minutes ago, Urban-Champion wrote: Giant killer bugs aside, wasp stings still are quite painful. Possibly one of the most temporary painful things that could happen to any of you.
I can attest to this however I'd put them behind fire ants, those things are demon spawns.
At 3 hours ago, Sheizenhammer wrote: So you think wasps are bad? You ain't seen shit yet.
The wasps on Doctor Who are huge, scary and bad. See. Now that's a big bad wasp.
Oh my god, ew, fucking NO. I'm done. No. No. No. Oh god. I would be scared SHITLESS.
"EXTERMINATE!" -Daleks, Doctor who
At 3 hours ago, tox wrote: id like to see how they stack up against humans
They would shit in your Cornflakes. Motherfuckers are HUGE.
MY BODY IS READY.
At 1 minute ago, Phobotech wrote: MY BODY IS READY.
I shit bricks when I saw the pictures of those Bees and Wasps..Whatever the fuck they are...I had to X out of the page immediantly or I'd have a harder stroke then I do when I watch Porn..
dig nay shee oh
Watched a video about them before. Just 20 of them can kill an entire nest of bees in a couple of hours. Their only weakness is they can overheat if the bees somehow manage to overwhelm them. Otherwise they've got literally no chance as they're so strong and massive. I run a mile when I see a wasp. These things make them look like little girls.
That was just brutal. Like watching a rabid bulldog tear through a room full of kittens.
Gotta commend those bees for bravery though, especially the one that leeroy jenkins'd in about two minutes into the video. At least the bees managed to take a few with them.
Poor bastards had more balls than I do, rest in peace.