...to the worldwide disappearance of Bee's? All joking aside, who knows, could they could be partly responsible.
Fantastic photos BTW!
I was in Crete almost 20 years ago when I was stung by a large bee, thank goodness not this hornet!
...of a pretty cool National Geographic video I saw of hornets attacking a beehive in Japan. YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4wRIERp6Vs
Excellent photos and article. Watching predator/prey relationships play out is one of the most fascinating aspects of spending time outdoors.
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!
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All you have to know is "caliente".
You caught my attention and held it. Not an easy thing to do!
Nice writing & photos. Thanks for sharing your interesting discovery!
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?
Cool photography! Almost reminds me of the Cicada Killers we have here in PA: