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Video: Asian Giant Hornets attack a beehive in Gipuzkoa, Spain

Video: Asian Giant Hornets attack a beehive in Gipuzkoa, Spain

Is the Asian Giant Hornet a threat to the European honeybee population?

The Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa velutina) has extended its population in the whole area of Gipuzkoa (Spain) during the last years. The first colonies in Europe were detected in France in 2004, originated from a merchant ship from China.

Five hornets need only a few hours to terminate a beehive, which has no chance of defense. The raid is devastating. The hornets attack incoming bees, loaded with nectar, from above and cut off their head, wings and paws before devouring them. The wasps attack honeycombs to search for larvae of bees which they use as food. In this video it's possible to observe the events with spectacular precision.

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