When you let bugs run wild inside a shed for years, you never know what you're gonna get. Like this hornet's nest that fused together with a wooden statue to look like a sand creature swallowing a trapped human head. It's haunting.
It sounds like the tagline for a really bad apocalypse movie, but Chinese newspapers are reporting that deadly hornet attacks are on the rise in the city of Ankang, in Shaanxi province. 18 have died, and many have suffered severe injuries from hundreds of stings.
Japanese honey bees have a unique defensive trait against the enormous — and sting-proof — giant hornet. They form a ‘‘hot defensive bee ball'', enveloping and overheating the insect, and now a Japanese research team has looked into what happens in their brains when they do so.
Solar power is always pretty exciting as it reaches more and more places in our lives—a future without fossil fuels! But what if solar power also means getting stung more? Take oriental hornets—buzzing around with built-in solar panels.