Don't know if this was posted before, but reports say our native praying mantises can hunt and kill the murder hornets. They grab them around the thorax and suck their brains out. Zombie mantises rule!
OK, days later, I finally got around to carefully reading that Business Insider article all the way through. My opinion is that it's poorly written, starting with the title, and offers seemingly conflicting opinions. At the end, I ask, "OK, so what's the main point?"
So I searched "how much threat are murder hornets?" and checked out the top five articles. Again, mixed messages and opinions in all of them, but the bottom line seems to be this.
As of now, even though one complete nest was found in BC (Vancouver Island, I think) and several individuals in Washington state, most experts agree that there is no evidence that they have become established in the US.
At least one whole live nest was found being shipped to an individual here. Apparently, in Japan, they are a culinary delicacy -- yum, yum -- and some might try to ship them here for that.
The danger they pose directly to humans by stinging is very, very small. The bigger issue is their potential damage to honey bees that are such important pollinators.
Most agree that as long as people -- especially bee keepers -- stay watchful and exercise reasonable care, like installing openings on hives large enough for bees but too small for these large hornets to enter, everything will be fine. But there's just too much that's unknown to prevent claiming that with certainty.
Even assuming experts find a way to protect honeybees and beekeepers, if V. mandarinia is not eradicated, then wild honey bees and other social insects—such as bumblebees, which have no defenses—will be on their own against a fierce new predator. As Sue Cobey, a researcher and bee breeder in Washington State, says, “It will be ugly.”
I am not an insect guy at all, but from what I have read in Smithsonian and Popular Mechanics as well as some scientific journals, we should weather the Murder Hornet crisis, too. I do have an increased appreciation for the mantis, though.
I wonder what invaders have invaded Asia from N. America. I'm thinking mainly insect pests, but ... diseases during history? European diseases -- including small pox -- significantly impacted native peoples around the world during exploration and colonization. I have no clue about either. Haven't researched it. But I am curious.
At the suggestion of one of our members (thanks Sightngrl) we are posting this ongoing prayer thread "Sticky" for use by our extended Ruger family. As with any family, there are always issues that need to be lifted up in prayer and we now have a permanent place to do so. May God bless you all...
So after a positive reaction and interest from other forum members i decided to add a dedicated thread for my layout. Irs a continuing work in progress that i am still working on. So from time to time will add photos of the layout, trains, and related. I based this layout on my hometown and...
Not much protesting happening here today - a little BLM and ANTIFA get-together downtown (without proper face covering or social distancing), but no riots or looting.... yet.
Last night, I saw someone get into trouble with a firearm in a (for me, anyway) new and novel way. Let me set the...
Hey everyone just wondering what everyone out there is purchasing these days, myself just purchased today 100 rds of Remington .223 ($37), a Rock River Arms Elite Operator 2 AR-15 ($1000), and 200 rds of 9mm for my SR9C ($46) what about you??