Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Let's learn about... Hornets

I've always been curious about hornets - do they serve a useful role in our society?  Are they just like wasps, requiring us to develop new and exciting strategies to wipe them from the face of the planet, or are they all warm and fuzzy, deserving of our love?

I'm going to say it's the former, even before I go do any research, these things just look like lethal killing machines who take great delight in their grisly pastime.

I expect to find out that their hives are stuffed with the bodies of their victims and the queen hornet, a "satrap" of ill renown even in the insect world, sits on a throne made from rodent skulls.

Sadly, the truth about hornets is not nearly as terrifying.  Yes, they are omnivores.  Yes, some humans are deathly allergic to their venom.  No, the males don't survive the mating process.

However, by the same token, they don't hold rallies or give propaganda and hate filled speeches to other insects in an attempt at world domination.  I guess hornets have no ambition.

Except this one.

That just gives me the creeps and, quite frankly, if it can kill a tarantula and pull the still-warm corpse up a tree to enjoy later, I for one welcome our new insect overlords.

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