You may wanna turn your heads kids…
Giant Japanese hornets slaughter European honeybee hive. From National Geographic.
- – - – - -On Japanese Honeybee defense:
Ono, M., Igarashi, T., Ohno, E., and Sasaki, M. Unusual thermal defence by a honeybee against mass attack by hornets. Nature 377, (1995) 334-36
- – - – - -Interesting clinical cases of venom leading to tissue damage and organ failure. :
Kei, S., et al. Multiple organ failure due to Vespa mandarinia (wasp) stings. J of Japanese Soc for Dialysis Therapy. Vol. 36 No. 2 pp. 131-134 (2003).
Yoichi Y., et al Cutaneous hemorrhage or necrosis findings after Vespa mandarinia (wasp) stings may predict the occurrence of multiple organ failure. National Defense Med J. Vol. 54 No. 1 pp. 11-14 (2007).
- – - – - -Hornet larvae produce a substance that has shown to increase endurance through increased fat metabolism:
Demura, S. Effect of amino acid mixture intake on physiological responses and rating of perceived exertion during cycling exercise. Perception and Motor Skills 96, (2003) 883-95.
Tsuchita, H. Effects of vespa amino acid mixture identical to hornet larval saliva on the blood biochemical indices of running rats. Nutrition Research 17, (1997) 999-1012.
Ogasawara, J., Abe, T. Amino Acid Mixture to Vespa Larval Saliva Increases both Leptin Secretion and Basal Lipolysis in Rat Adipocytes. Food Science and Technology Research Vol. 14 (2008), No. 1 pp. 95-98.