Japanese honeybees kill hornets that attack their hives by… cooking them

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    They swarm onto them, enclosing them in a round “bee ball” and, by vibrating
    their flight muscles, heat the inside of the ball to up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit,
    a temperature that the hornet can’t survive at (the bees can endure another few).

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    Just saw this a while ago, while searching the internet for the crazy scary bee that I bravely killed in my house, called a tarantula hawk- google it. Iirc, the bees swarm to 117 f, the hornet cooks then , and the bees can survive to 118. Thought to myself it’s a R avigdor Miller niflaos haborei thingy on steroids.

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    The bees’ kill point is 5-9 degrees higher according to what I read.

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