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Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 19:41:53 Reply

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
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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 19:43:28 Reply

NOPENOPENOPENOPE


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 19:47:42 Reply

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.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 19:48:32 Reply

I never thought wasps were scary, just mildly annoying.
Those beasts are bad though, I saw a documentary on bees a while ago and it had this war between them and the giant hornets.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 19:53:55 Reply

I posted a picture of one of those on a thread recently.
Yeah I'm terrified of bees, more or less bugs.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 19:58:07 Reply

id like to see how they stack up against humans


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:02:40 Reply

a single sting can kill you? Well i'm never going to Japan then. I've been stung by wasps more than my fair share of times, albeit they were mud daubers.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:06:07 Reply

Asian Giant Hornet.
Hornet.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:07:15 Reply

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.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:12:23 Reply

Aint got shit on Cazadores!


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:13:20 Reply

This makes me want to cry and shed my own skin :(


Jeez dude

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:15:54 Reply

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.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:18:20 Reply

That just adds to the long list of reasons I'm never going to Japan.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:27:36 Reply

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.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:45:57 Reply

Reminds me of this.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 20:51:35 Reply

I thought they have Pokeballs for these kind of animals over there.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 23:14:01 Reply

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.

Wasps are not scary anymore.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 23:17:21 Reply

Just one more thing to be scared about.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 23:18:21 Reply

Oh my god, ew, fucking NO. I'm done. No. No. No. Oh god. I would be scared SHITLESS.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 23:31:05 Reply

At 3 hours ago, Ziegeman wrote: This makes me want to cry and shed my own skin :(

Me too Im actually genuinely afraid.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-21 23:40:17 Reply

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.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-22 01:37:14 Reply

If I ever go to Japan, I'll be sure to carry a flamethrower with me at all times.


Intriguing tale, sibling.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-22 02:35:29 Reply

MY BODY IS READY.

Wasps are not scary anymore.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-22 02:39:24 Reply

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..


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-02-22 02:48:33 Reply

I've seen aftermath videos/pictures of people hit by swarms of hornets.

Nasty shit.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-07-22 20:03:17 Reply

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.


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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-07-22 21:13:51 Reply

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.

Wasps are not scary anymore.

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Response to Wasps are not scary anymore. 2012-07-22 21:28:57 Reply

REVENGE!!!!