That is impressive.
Yep... a bit more to it than, as a kid, squeezing/plucking "warble flies" from the backs of our small cow herd*. As I recall, the objective was to short-circuit the life cycle ostensibly to reduce the infestation the next year. [I'm not sure of all the fall-out and implications, but systemic insecticides were surely seen as a boon by the farmers/ranchers.]
* = the cows were regular-sized; it was the herd that was small.
Edited by - Owen on 07/05/2022 17:28:23
Just let the parasite do it’s job man. We will be reading in the near future guy saves murder hornet from parasite last year dies from yep you guessed it murder hornet stings. It’s the old snake and little girl parable but with wings and stingers.
Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 07/05/2022 17:40:56
Murder hornets are establishing hives in NW Washington state and SW British Columbia.
They like to sit in front of honey bee hives and bite the heads off thousands of bees, just for fun.
As if our major crop pollinators don't have enough problems with insecticides, Varroa mites and so on. The Murder Hornets face no threats here, no predators and no parasites. All we can do so far is to follow them home and eradicate the entire nest.
Parasites are usually quite specialized for particular hosts. You can be sure somebody is looking into those for possible control here.
I worry about the native bumble bees. They are active pollinators of my grapes unlike the lazy honey bees. Year after year, I see fewer bumble bees and less and less species variety.
I would have swatted the hornet and put it out of its misery. I am allergic to wasps, bees, hornets, anything that stings (including mosquitoes).
We have yellow jackets where I live and they insist on building their hives under the eaves of my house or my carport. I spend the summer checking to see if there are any hives and if so, give them a good dose of spray to get rid of them.
We also have some bees occasionally. If they leave me alone, I leave them alone, but if one gets too close to me, I'll swat it.
I'll have to watch the video, see if it tells us why ANYBODY in their right mind would want to save a hornet's life.
No sane reason.
Too bad he's not a bigger fan of honeybees.
OK, the man has a love for insects. I can respect that. But why doesn't he like the parasite just as much? I don't know whether this is a larva that would develop into an insect or just some kind of worm but it doesn't look like the hornets as a species are endangered by those parasites.
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