A swarm of Japanese bees told a “murder hornet” to buzz off in the most succinct way – by ganging up on it and killing it, that is.
The deadly predator, which calls the rainforests of Japan home, made headlines this week after reports emerged it had popped up around the city of Blaine in the US state of Washington.
As the name suggests, the Japanese giant hornet (also known as the “murder hornet”) can grow up to two inches and its venom is seven times more powerful than a bee’s.
So when one dared to enter a bees nest looking for its next meal, they teamed up to go on the attack.
The narrator of the video states:
[The Japanese bees] lure the [hornet] inside. One is caught [and] it’s the signal the others have been waiting for.
The remarkable footage then shows hundreds of bees clambering over the hornet to overheat it with their vibrations and the aggressor is “roasted alive”.
Isn’t nature beautiful?
The video was shared on Twitter and now has more than 3.6 million views, over 105,000 likes and more than 26,000 retweets.
Social media went into meltdown over the heroic bees defending their territory:
Talk about a buzzkill...