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Bee Keeping Ovservations Yellow Jacket Wasps Attack the hive, Honey Bees Kill Them

Bee Keeping Ovservations Yellow Jacket Wasps Attack the hive, Honey Bees Kill Them


okay so here we are on September 20th it
is right at sunrise here and it is only 50 degrees Fahrenheit so once again I’m
out in the bee yard and I’m inspecting the landing boards to see what they’re
getting rid of and wouldn’t you know it the honey bees have cast off again lots
of drones also there’s a yellow jacket in the foreground there now it’s up to the
screen on the right and it’s been stung by bees so much it’s just barely
quivering there and here on the left side is a yellow jacket wasp that’s
chewing away on a carcass which was cast off by the honeybees in this colony and
it looks to have been a drone so this time of year the bees are getting rid
of drones but they’re also cleaning house constantly and I have found an
increase in the number of Varroa destructor bodies that are being cast out
and I found some on the landing board and as some of the other hives where I
have an inserted drone counting board there are bits and pieces of varroa on
that so they’re really cleaning house and sometimes you’ll find the varroa
concentrated in the cells where these drones are developing so the drones seem
to go first it also may be due to the cooldown that the honeybees are
dispensing with their males they won’t need them in winter but I think it’s a
little early for that I think they may be discarding them because the cells may
actually have varroa in them these guard bees are defending the colony again
Yellowjackets can fly at much colder temperatures than the bees do so the bee
colony is really just waking up here and when the yellow jackets land they try to
scoot in on the edges thinking that that’s a good way to get in but they’re
met pretty fast by guard bees so with the colonies as strong as they are I
don’t see too many successful runs being made by the Yellowjackets here’s a
yellowjacket wasp again working over a drone that’s been cast out by the bees
so keep in mind this is not a bee that was going to make it anyway but it
is kind of pitiful that it’s alive while this Yellow Jacket tries to bite
pieces off of it but it proved unsuccessful at doing that so Yellow
Jacket mandibles aren’t the great cutting tools we might think they are
pretty good on soft bodied insects again it’s being run out there in the
background by the guard bees and here’s another one trying to chew away again on
a developing drone now this has been torn apart see it’s head’s damaged torn
apart and pulled out again by the worker bees and I have seen an increase in the
number of varroa destructor bodies that are chewed up and also cast out the bees
completely throw them away so it’s hard to get any kind of count there in the
coming weeks we are going to do some parole accounts on the bees we’re gonna
check out the brood frames but today we’re just looking at the activity on
the landing boards again when the Yellowjackets have that cold weather
advantage here’s a worker bee tugging away on a drone that is still partially
alive and she’s gonna fly it away this is why you don’t see piles of dead bees
and parts directly in front of the colony because the workers actually
collect them later and fly them away and drop them in the grass sometimes 100
yards or more but it’s a terrific amount of effort that gets expended here to
discard these dead and dying drones there’s a yellow jacket in the
background there it is still alive as it doesn’t move gradually but it appears to
have been stung so much that it’s shutting down now some of the workers that are laying
on this landing board in the foreground that are on their backs may have
actually been stung by Yellowjackets or they may have been discarded by their
fellow bees in that colony it’s hard to tell since I didn’t actually observe
what happened to those individuals but remember as before if I didn’t come out
early like this I would not see what’s going on in the landing boards and I
would not see all the remnants of the things being cast out this is pretty
much a daily routine this time of year and the hives are full of honey and
that’s why they’re fanning their wings so much and they’re still dehydrating
that and we’re about 80 percent capped in this colony there’s a yellowjacket putting up a
pretty good fight another thing I’d like you to know is when the bees are
stinging Yellowjackets one of the questions that I often get is first of
all can bees kill yellow jackets usually they just bite and repel them but if the
Yellow Jacket is tenacious as this one is and insists on being in the colony
it’s going to receive several stings from these guard bees they try to get
their stingers in between the joints in the abdomen they sting its head and neck
they sting it around the thorax and unlike when they sting a person the hard body
of a yellow jacket doesn’t hold the stinger so the bees do have an
opportunity to sting it several times and not lose their singers subsequently
these guard beads do not lose their lives when they deliver stings to
Yellowjackets so you don’t have to feel bad for them this Yellow Jacket is
trying to extend its own stinger and get one of the honeybees here you can see that the yellow jack is
really slowing down otherwise it would fly away by this point but I think it’s
been stung enough times that it is really incapable of flight now we do know that the Yellowjackets as
we observed earlier in this video are trying to get meat and fly it back so
you know if you’re putting out yellowjacket traps this time of year you
definitely want to have some meat resources in it you’ll be attracting
these Queens this appears to be a yellowjacket Queen you can correct me if
I’m wrong there but when you see the abdomen and it has those individual
black dots that are not connected on the abdomen generally that is thought to be
a queen I’m sure somebody will clear that up in the comment section and again
as as we predicted it can’t fly it’s ultimately gonna die from all the venom
that the bees have injected into it now this worker has decided that the
yellow jacket hasn’t had enough yet you can see the stinger pretty prominent there
it’s kind of a futile defensive attempt there on the part of the yellowjacket at
this point and the bees are doing their best to bite it but remember bees don’t
have flesh cutting mandibles so it takes a lot of work for them to chew anything
off like that and I’ve never seen honeybees successfully bite another
insect apart like a yellowjacket but they’re just so angry that they use
that to drive it off and vent their anger biting the toes there but again
they can’t even bite the little toe tips off they do do a good job as we already
know looking at this landing board of pulling apart their own developing brood
and it’s that soft tissue that these Yellowjackets go after here’s another colony with another
tenacious Yellow Jacket that thought it could get past the guards another big mistake on
the part of this Yellow Jacket it’s kind of interesting that even with
a struggle going on with the yellow jacket that’s in there there are a number of
guard bees that have all come out on the landing board and are facing outward
just in case other Yellowjackets show up then they do a great job as shown in
this video defending their colonies even with the wide open landing boards in a
couple of hours as the Sun comes out this landing board will be wall-to-wall
bees so it’s only during the cold early hours that the Yellowjackets really even
have a chance to get into that beehive and of course by the time I came out
here there were more than enough guards to fend them off and it’s unfortunate
for the Yellowjackets that do make it in there they will be quickly overwhelmed
by the bees and stung to death and discarded and again here are Yellow Jacket wasps
chewing away at another discarded carcass and here’s a drone on its back flailing
its legs it will be thoroughly ignored by the bees and it will either die from
exposure or starvation and a worker will come out later and just discard that
drone here’s a yellow jacket that again has been stung like some of the others
and is being dragged out by a worker bee I hope you found this early landing
board video interesting and the ability to watch how the bees handle intruders
like the Yellowjackets and I hope you’ll go out and check your on landing boards
right after sunrise especially in these cold mornings you’ll learn a lot about
how they’re surviving what they’re throwing away and how they’re faring
against Raiders like the Yellow Jacket wasp thanks for watching as always

100 thoughts on “Bee Keeping Ovservations Yellow Jacket Wasps Attack the hive, Honey Bees Kill Them

  1. So Insects Feel Pain? Here is some interesting reading for those who wish to delve deeper on that subject: https://askentomologists.com/2016/08/29/do-insects-feel-pain/

  2. Whelp…. I know I won't be sleeping tonight. First video of yours I've watched and with your soothing, calm voice, I'm hooked. I just subscribed and will be watching everything else of yours I can fit in tonight. Extremely informative. Great video and camera work. Thank you. Thourougly enjoyed it.

  3. Why have yellowjackets trap?They are beneficial to the honey bees because yellowjackets kill and eat a lot of wax moths.In europe yellow jackets are protected by law and they are beneficial for preying on otther pest insects.You should film when its colder for the bees to defend and they leave unprotected combs that the wax moths get to lay theyr eggs on.A yellow jacket might prevent that to somme extent.

  4. Fascinating viewing. Having been stung by a wasp in my younger days I have a natural hatred for them. So it fills me with joy to see those bees working together and dishing out the pain to the wasps.

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  6. You can do a wasp trap. Piece of chicken screwed to a board about an inch above water with some soak in it. They eat the chicken and since the chicken is upside down they take off and land in the water and can't get out

  7. I don't think that was a queen yellowjacket. The females can look pretty similar to Queens and there's a number of different species with different patterns

  8. Do you ever clean the landing board off of bodies or do you let wasps carry bodies off or weather, nature, and bees take of all the discards?

  9. What are the yellow jackets that are going into the hive after, primarily? Obviously food, but what's the main thing they go for…honey, eggs, larvae?

  10. I'm sure I've seen a video of bees killing hornets not by stinging them but the bees climb all over the hornet and vibrate their wings all together which increases the heat they produce, enough to kill the hornet. The bees can tolerate higher temperature than wasps etc so they don't die. Clever stuff

  11. Wow! This was amazing. I could watch this for about 3 hours and 14 minutes. I fear bees and yellow jackets, so this is mesmerizing to watch.

  12. Lol this guys play by play commentary is hilarious! "Yellow jacket mandibals aren't the great thing is we think they are". Like every lil cheeky comment you can think of

  13. Just finished video. Fascinating commentary and visuals. Those are the most gangsta honey bees I've ever seen. In the other videos the yellow jackets or hornets whoop ass on bees.

  14. Great job to the honeybees for using teamwork to take down the yellow jackets

    I hade yellow jackets, honey bees I have come to tolerate because of the things they provide, and they don’t sting easily.

  15. Wasps and hornets are pests and yet a few people want to save them. Lets put a hive in their house if thyre so tame and only attack if provoked. Same with bees. An island in the Pacific dosent have bees and yet is very lush

  16. I don’t know if you can apply this to your situation but if you know where the yellow jackets live then you can spray the hives with peppermint oil and they will leave your area and find somewhere else to live I don’t believe it hurts them although it may. In my experience it was a very effective and nontoxic method to discourage them from living near my property. Not all peppermint oil is made equal and I found only one brand that works. I don’t know the rules on what can be disclosed in comments however if anyone wants this information contact me through my YouTube channel and I will be happy to tell you my experience and what I used

  17. Much respect to guard honeybees thank you little ones killing the type of insect that attacked nearly killed me when I was a kid

  18. So if I’m understanding this correctly. Workers bees have barbed stingers correct? Is this to give them an easier time inflicting damage on wasps and the like? Or is it solely to ensure the bee dies when it stings a soft bodied animal like a human, because that doesn’t make much sense to me? If the queen is able to sting repeatedly why not have the workers also capable of that.

    Really fascinating video btw. Keep
    It up.

  19. Nice video. The yellow jackets seen here are workers of the introduced species Vespula germanica (the queens of which have a rather similar color pattern but are much larger). Many additional honey bee workers appear when a yellow jacket is being attacked most likely due to some alarm pheromone being released by the bees when they sting.

  20. Hi there Mr Dunn, watching from England, UK. Found your channel yesterday. I know nothing about bee's, and never really cared to until I watched one of your video's, but you make it so interesting I can't stop watching. Excellent work.

  21. Frederick are you in the midwest? say Indiana,Ohio? those yellow jackets look more like the German YellowJacket (also called German Wasp) they are an invasive I believe came in via Cleveland on a container ship sometime in the 70s or 80s.

  22. That was fascinating. Hard to believe we as an intelligent species underestimate the intelligence of certain insects

  23. Your names not Bee your not coming in! The bouncer Bees doin a great job of dispensing with those pesky Wasps, how satisfying to watch, thanks.

  24. 8:11 Concentrating so much on the wasp they've already fatally injured they don't notice the other wasp slip in.

  25. Fascinating viewing Fred, as always. I've been chromecasting a lot of your video's to TV in the environment I'm in now so don't hit the like or comment as much when I do that. But I'm liking them all! There's a lot to be learned from listening/watching your FAQ video's too. You are a good communicator and videographer – the fact that you were a professional shines through, though after 12yrs you are more than a novice beekeeper also and your insights to a neophyte are great. I get a lot of satisfaction just watching the bees do their thing.

  26. Yellow jackets suck, they are stupid enough to fly into the store or homemade wasps trap, electric bug zapper lights and the spiders webs to become food for the hungry spiders. Honeybees wouldn’t fly into any of the 3 I mentioned. Honeybees are not interested and don’t care and dislike all of the above and yellow jackets + all aggressive wasps would be dumbly attracted and die in all of the traps, ultraviolet and blue light bug zappers and the spiders web + dirty baits with raw blue blooded meats.🐝=😇& WASPS=😈.

  27. Great Videos! It's like watching a segment of a National Geographic documentary. Excellent video and commentary. Interesting stuff. I see why you have so many followers.

  28. A week ago I had lots of honeybees feeding from my birdbath. I then noticed I had a nearby yellow jacket nest in the ground. Now bees don't visit anymore. Is there a definate connection? Did the honeybees get killed?

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