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Thanks to climate change not only have the giant wasp species already living in Scandinavia started spreading but giant wasps from other parts of the world have started moving in.

I’ll never forget a few summers ago when I was taking the trash out. The dumpsters were covered in wasps but I thought “I’ll be quick. Don’t disrupt them and leave” when a wasp the size of a finger flew past my head! Since then they’ve been a stable of my summers and I hate it.


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4th December 2020
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1 day ago #9850309        
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This is why I don't mind our spiders. An Orbweaver built her web right alongside our driveway - big, ugly as sin, but she wasn't in the way, so we left her alone. Turns out, there was a wasp nest nearby that we hadn't noticed (invasive species). We noticed little wrapped-up bodies appearing along the bottom of the web, like a stripy necklace...
She methodically and completely wiped out the whole nest.


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2 days ago #9850251        
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The Japanese honey-bee has an interesting defense mechanism against giant hornets. A hornet will scout out a hive to attack. The bees will lure the scout inside, and then 500 or so bees will dog-pile the thing. All the bees will vibrate as quickly as possible, raising the temperature of the ball to well over 100 degrees. The bees can survive slightly higher temperatures than the wasps, so the wasp is cooked while the bees survive. The wasp manages to kill a few of the bees in the ball (those jaws and stingers aren't just for show), but the colony survives. If the bees don't catch the wasps in time, a small army will show up and rip all the workers to shreds and there won't be enough bees to cook the hornets. From here, the hornets will gather all the bee larva to be devoured by their young.

So what you need to do if you see a giant hornet, just jump on top of it ASAP.


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When I was 3, I would play in an old Jeep that did not run. (It was old in 1959) One day, I jumped in and got stung. There was a yellow jacket nest in seat. (It is a small but very aggressive wasp.) I was rescued, but suffered about 200 stings. It was a lot of pain. Did I die? I'll leave it as a cliff hanger.


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2 days ago #9850277        
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In North America we have smaller wasps, but they HURT! BAD! I've only been stung by a bee once, and I've been stung by 2 or 3 wasps. Pain!

minando

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22 hours ago #9850357        
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Behold, the wonders of climate change!
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Don't worry. The icebears will probably be back in a few millenia.

Hinoron

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5 hours ago #9850499        
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Is this them?
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10 hours ago #9850467        
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Our native hornets/wasps are small here. Though this year we did have an invasion of Asian giant hornets or ‘murder hornets’ and those are huge. Luckily we ended up killing the nest before more queens could make more nests and destroy our native population of honey bees.

13 hours ago #9850459        
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You know, the project to create a laser device to shot down mosquitoes by burning their wings was aimed at the wrong insect. What we NEED it's anti-wasp (anti-hornet) laser devices. Place one by a nest and ZAP-ZAP-ZAP-ZAP them critters out of existence, one laser at a time.

16 hours ago #9850424        
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The talk about birds and bees didn't covered that :P

18 hours ago #9850392        
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Here in Iceland, the wasps are rather small but I hate them so much. I can't eat outside without being vigilant.

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