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  1. #2566
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    Re: Welcome The Uncle B's.......

    Quote Originally Posted by scruff35 View Post
    The B`s are about to attack!!! Look out!!
    Bring it on. But first you might want to check this out.


    The handsome Bee-Wolf, or Bee-killer Wasp Philanthus triangulum has undergone a rapid range expansion in Britain following a series of hot, dry summers. Until recently this solitary wasp was only found as a rarity on the south coast but it may now be seen in almost any suitable habitat in southern England. The nests are established in loose 'colonies' in sandy soil and their notorious predation of Honeybees Apis mellifera is quite fascinating to watch. The female wasps capture feeding honeybees, sting them in order to induce paralysis and then carry the bees back to their nests slung underneath their bodies and clamped in position (upside-down) by the middle pair of legs. The wasps relocate their nests even if they have been disturbed and then open up the entrances with their front legs (often with the captive bees still in situ) before carrying the prey deep into their burrows and stocking up their larders. It is interesting to note that a paralysed bee will not be taken by another wasp even if is left temporarily unguarded. It is also apparent that these wasps concentrate purely on a single prey species, ignoring other similar bees or honeybee mimics like drone-flies. Because of this prey specificity the recent drop in the honeybee population may well have a knock-on effect on P.triangulum and a population crash of this predatory wasp might be predicted as a consequence. No predator can afford to wipe out its prey species and there is no suggestion that this wasp is in any way responsible for the loss of such significant numbers of honeybees.
    Do we need a new subteam called the Bee killers?

  2. #2567
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    Re: Welcome The Uncle B's.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Big red View Post
    Bring it on. But first you might want to check this out.




    Do we need a new subteam called the Bee killers?
    Mere Bees against larger Wasps, Glad I'm not a Honey Bee.

  3. #2568
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    Re: Welcome The Uncle B's.......

    ^^^^Good find Red. That`s pretty cool.

  4. #2569
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    Re: Welcome The Uncle B's.......

    Quote Originally Posted by scruff35 View Post
    ^^^^Good find Red. That`s pretty cool.
    Unless Yer a Honey Bee, Then Yer Wasp Toast. Jam anyone?

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