March 16, 2006

Guy Who Had A Pet Hornet

Aww, err, isn't that, uhh, cute..?

info from guy:

"This giant hornet was my pet for 7 months. Here she climbs onto my fingers and enjoys a snack of honey.

Note: This is not a Japanese giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), but a Vespa ducalis, which comes really close in size. It is not a male, as someone claimed, it's a worker. Note the antennae and abdomen - males have an additional segment and a blunt abdomen, and long curved antennae. Their usual lifespan is merely several weeks, which is why I'm surprised myself. She isn't flying simply because she's busy eating. I caught her intending just to take some photos, but decided to keep her later. This is not in any way related to the cicada killer, it is a close relative of the European hornet Vespa crabro and the previously mentioned Japanese giant hornet. They never attack away from the nest. And yes, I have been stung by this species (but not this individual); it hurts somewhat; swollen hand, stiff fingers, but no lasting effect. She died naturally of old age.

Note also that this video is only to document how docile they can be away from the nest, and also the size of this magnificent insect. "

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