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WE call him “Arthur” as in King Arthur. Been in the area for around 3 years now.
WE PRAY HE NEVER FINDS A GIRLFRIEND.
Gorgeous to look at … till he opens his beak. YIKES!
Planning ahead for Giant Asian Hornets – a prototype design based off a beekeeper in France. We need to have a landing board inside the cage and the cage needs to be bigger.
Sadly that is the size of the mesh that will keep this invasive species from coming in direct contact with the hive. But bees are still vulnerable to be picked off as they land on the mesh and crawl through.
Summer 2019 sightings of these Hornets :
North Vancouver (uncomfirmed)
Nanaimo (confirmed)
Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast (uncomfirmed)
The world’s largest hornet is the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia).  An individual specimen can measure up to 5 cm (2 inches) long and has a wingspan of 7.6 cm (3 inches).  Giant hornets have blunt wide heads which look different from those of other wasps, hornets, and bees and they are colored yellow orange and brown.
The Asian giant hornet ranges from Siberia down across the Chinese coast into Indochina and lives as far west as India, however the hornet is most common in the rural parts of Japan where it is known as the giant sparrow bee.  The sting of the Asian giant hornet is as oversized as the great insect is.  Within the hornet’s venom is an enzyme, mastoparan, which is capable of dissolving human tissue. Masato Ono, an entomologist unlucky enough to be stung by the creature described the sensation a “a hot nail through my leg.” Although the sting of a normal honey bee can kill a person who is allergic to bees, the sting of an Asian giant hornet can kill a person who has no allergies–and about 70 unfortunate souls are killed by the hornets every year. https://ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com/tag/vespa-mandarinia/
Please locate and download the BC Ministry of Agriculture “INVASIVE SPECIES” App. It’s free, and good for Iphones or Androids or tablets. IF YOU SEE ONE OF THESE. TAKE A PICTURE AND REPORT. IF YOU SEE A NEST – DO NOT APPROACH – and REPORT!!!!