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    Japanese Honey Bee: A Unique Defense Against the Giant Hornet

    The Japanese honey bee (Apis cerrana japonica) has evolved a unique defensive behavior to combat Japanese giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia). ┬áIt’s a defensive behavior that has taken centuries if not eons to develop. In the picture above, we can see this formation, called a “bee ball,” which is enveloping two hornets. Why is the Japanese […]

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