THE HORNETS: HELPFUL INSECTS AND WHINE MAKERS

HOW TO BE IN HARMONY WITH HORNETS DURING THE SUMMER?

 

This Planet is given to all of us and the human beings do not have a special right on the Earth. Unfortunately, we live in the age of constant destruction of Mother Nature and its beauty, in the name of profit and greed. The civilization is everything but not gifted with common sense and intelligence. Our hearts are empty and dark; the souls do not live anymore, just bodies obsessed with materialistic values.

In such a world, full of confronted ideas and hopes, eaten up by interests and colored by evil, the conflict between humans and animals is expected, often malign and disastrous. The environment itself pays for effect of that misunderstanding. It is enough to think of the issue that usually have with insects, in spite of fact that some of them could be annoying. However, each of them has a role in the system of Nature and in the complete organic infrastructure of our blue Planet.

Due to the lack of knowledge and due to the high level of mental blindness, people assume to judge and to create their own opinions and attitudes. Their reasons for hating or liking something or someone are always related to the personal tastes and absence of curiosity. The most of the time, their destructive actions are product of spirit laziness and brainless life orientation, combined with evil character. Those kind of people are breed that keep killing us all.

The hornets are beneficial insects that have a bad reputation. This is renewed every summer when the borders between urban and rural are broken and when those insects are free and active. Actually, they share the Earth with us and they are taking care of many points that we usually do not think about. The main issue between hornets and people and the causer of stress and anger is the nest there where it does not belong. What is happening? In the summer season, the hornets are searching for an ideal place to build a nest and to make their colony. Sometimes, they end up on our terraces, balconies or even garages and we are afraid and concerned how this forced symbiosis will be continued. The main concern for some bee lovers is that hornets are aggressive insects that kill bees with no mercy. That is not true and hornets live on preying on flees and never on bees. It happens only in rare occasions that some hornets hunt bees but it is an exception and not a rule. According to scientific studies, there where are the hornets, the environment is healthier and the people are free from boring insects like flies and mosquitos. They need protein food so they usually catch on the sorts of insects known to be a nightmare for our crops. They pollinate, almost well as bees and they are great participators in wine making process because of the yeast that lives inside the bowels of hornets and some wasps. This bacterium is very helpful in bread, beer and wine production and it is cultivated for the purposes. The wild yeast is a special one and when the hornets bite the season grapes, they bring this unique bacterium. The fermentation process is rich for one authentic flavor that dictate the final flavor of the wine.

Aside from enology, the hornets do a lot for ecosystem and in some countries are officially protected and removing or destroying of their nest is considered as a reason for fine. The hornets are protected animals in Germany and every attempt to disturb their existence is illegal, without approval from the authorities:” The native hornet Vespa crabro is included because of their acute stock endangerment among protected species. The law was introduced on 01.01.1987 as part of the protection of species law. It is illegal to kill them or their nests! In extreme circumstances nests can be removed by the fire-brigade or a specialist company. However, the removal of a nest present in a critical place may not take place without the permission of the landscape authority! Note: After federal nature protection law in Germany (BNatSchG) are punished irregularities against these regulations with deliberate or negligent offences up to 50.000 EURO penalty!”

Those gentle giants are more peaceful than wasps and they do not want the conflict with people but only their own peace. They are social insects and the life in their colony speak for itself. If they are unbothered, they can cohabitate with people and we could learn so much about tolerance. The only ground for a war between two species is the space and territorial dominance of the human beings. We are those who do not want to share what we have, not the hornets. It could be a matter of comfort if we sit on the terrace and having a hornet colony nearby. Some of us are allergic and we do not need much to experience the horror of allergic reactions. In all of those cases, you should try to act reasonably and to try to protect yourself but also those insects. There is a one suggestion for hornet nest removal from Mr. Kevin Foster but if you are not skilled in it do not try this but consult the specialists in the related field: „Then one can move the nest itself with the queen inside by carefully cutting its attachments and placing it in a box. I then put both the workers and the nest on ice for the journey. This stops the workers from flying around in the pots which usually kills them. At the new site the nest is suspeded on several length of flexible metal wire (they cannot chew through this) in a large bird box. The chilled workers are then readded with some honey to aid recovery and the nest box closed. As they come around they feed of the honey and will reorientate to their new site. If you do not chill them they often just fly straight out of the box and will never be seen again! One point of caution is not to chill the hornets too much as this will also kill them. Takes a little practice unfortunately!“

There is no need to kill a hornet because you have fear or you are manipulated by Hollywood and their fake stories. Animals will only defend themselves and they will never try to hurt you intentionally. The real problem is in people who pretend they own the whole Planet and they can decide who is allowed to live and who is not. The movie production has disordered the environment and many animals because of their primitive misconceptions. Since they do not have inspiration for making qualitative tales, they try to earn money on lying and fabricating the natural facts. You should pick your own way, your harmony and you will be happy.

3 thoughts on “THE HORNETS: HELPFUL INSECTS AND WHINE MAKERS

  1. Sarah’s informative and relative article reminded me of various aspects of wasps (i.e. hornets are a minor subset of wasps): hymenoptera is a vast order of insects comprising of sawflies, bees, ants and wasps. Some 2,000 extinct species and 150,000 existing species have been documented. The appellation derives from the Ancient Grecian nouns ‘ὑμήν’ (i.e. hymen) and ‘πτερόν’ (i.e. pteron – wing).

    In palaeontology, wasps first appear in The Jurassic Period (i.e. 201-145 million years ago). Interestingly, fig wasps appeared 65 million years before fig trees emerged on Earth.

    Some species of parasitic wasp are used commercially to provide biological control of insect pests (e.g. Brazilian farmers control sugarcane borers with a parasitic wasp).

    Most solitary wasps are parasitoids, and are extremely diverse in habits; many laying their eggs in inert stages of their host (sometimes, paralysing their prey by injecting it with venom through their ovipositor). Then, they insert one or more eggs into the host or deposit them upon the outside of the host: the host remains alive until the parasitoid larvae pupate or emerge as adults.

    While the vast majority of wasps play no role in pollination, a few species can effectively- transport pollen and pollinate several plant species. Since wasps do not have a fur-like covering of soft hairs, etc., pollen does not stick to them well. It is more so specific symbiotic relationships (e.g. wasps and certain flowers, and fig wasps that pollinate the fig trees).

    The vast majority of wasp species are solitary insects: having mated, the adult female forages alone and if it builds a nest, does so for the benefit of its own offspring. Some solitary wasps nest in small groups alongside others of their species, but each is involved in caring for its own offspring. There are some species of solitary wasp that build communal nests (e.g. hornets), each insect having its own cell and providing food for its own offspring, but these wasps do not adopt the division of labour and the complex behavioural patterns adopted by eusocial species.

    Adult solitary wasps spend most of their time in preparing their nests and foraging for food for their offspring; mostly, insects or spiders. Their nesting habits are more diverse than those of social wasps: many species dig burrows in the ground. Mud daubers and pollen wasps construct mud cells in sheltered places. Potter wasps build vase-like nests from mud with multiple cells, attached to the twigs of trees or against walls (e.g. hornets).

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  2. Another beautiful and educational article, Sarah !

    I totally concur with you as to the fact that animals do not attack and that they only defend themselves ! If animals are left alone and are not threatened, they do not attack !

    I remember seeing hornets in our yard as a kid and being fascinated with their beautiful colors that looked so perfect ! Only nature can deliver such beauty !

    I did not know about their role in wine production: how nice !

    I implore all humans to leave all animals alone and not to harm them in any way, as this planet is meant for all of us ! We can all live in peace and harmony: yes, we can !

    In my own words: “Animals are our Equals, not our Subordinates !”

    Last, but not least, thank you Sarah for this amazing article which has filled my heart with joy !

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  3. Excellent article.
    What has happened to you?
    Was in Serbia, attempted to locate you & have chit chat with you over coffee
    But I failed to find you.

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About Sarahowlgirl1982

I am a master of Political Sciences, with special focus on Security Studies, Islamic Counter Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. I enjoy discovering and commenting things which are " in the air" but still not spoken.I also do like science writing and planing to move myself into the pure science journalism !