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zenalpinist - May 4, 2008 9:38 pm - Hasn't voted

The secret...? the worldwide disappearance of Bee's? All joking aside, who knows, could they could be partly responsible.

Fantastic photos BTW!


tleaf - May 4, 2008 11:33 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice story!

I was in Crete almost 20 years ago when I was stung by a large bee, thank goodness not this hornet!


Curt - May 5, 2008 10:13 am - Hasn't voted

This reminds me...

...of a pretty cool National Geographic video I saw of hornets attacking a beehive in Japan. YouTube link:

Excellent photos and article. Watching predator/prey relationships play out is one of the most fascinating aspects of spending time outdoors.


BeDrinkable - May 5, 2008 1:54 pm - Hasn't voted


Those are some neat photos you snapped! I heard a few years ago about a defense that some bees have against hornets: apparently they have a higher tolerance for heat than hornets and will form a vibrating ball around the hornet and cook them to death!


MoapaPk - May 5, 2008 6:50 pm - Voted 10/10

tit 4 tat

bees kill hornet

All you have to know is "caliente".


tigerlilly - May 8, 2008 12:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Good Job

You caught my attention and held it. Not an easy thing to do!
Nice writing & photos. Thanks for sharing your interesting discovery!


colint - May 8, 2008 6:51 pm - Hasn't voted

fantastic post!

Did you check the hives to see that your initial guess, that the bees were less active mid-day, was wrong? Are both species native to Crete?


Judd97 - May 18, 2008 8:34 pm - Hasn't voted


Cool photography! Almost reminds me of the Cicada Killers we have here in PA:

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