Victims Of Mass Bee Attacks Can Die From Their Injuries A Whole Two Weeks After Sustaining Venomous Stings 

Mass bee and wasp attacks can lead to death due to the high amount of venom injected into a human’s bloodstream by numerous insects. Falling victim to an unusually high dose of bee or wasp venom after sustaining numerous stings is known as “massive envenomation”. Most stinging events occur when one single wasp or bee specimen becomes disturbed by a human while searching for food. These stings usually occur during the late summer or fall when wasps are attracted to the food that humans eat outdoors. However, mass envenomation occurs when an entire colony of bee or wasps attack an intruder that they perceive to be a threat to their colony. In this case, an individual is attacked by hundreds or thousands of individual insects. Most documented attacks of this sort see victims sustaining hundreds of stings. Most stings are inflicted to the head and neck, as these are the preferred target body parts for bees and wasps. Kidney failure and death occur after an individual sustains 150 to 200 wasp stings and 150 to 1,000 bee stings. Most victims that sustain over 1,000 stings will survive if treatment is administered in time. The Vespa orientalis and Vespa affinis wasp species are responsible for a majority of envenomation deaths involving wasps.

Although there exists many differences between wasp venom and bee venom, the symptomatology resulting from their stings are similar. In mass envenomations, both bee and wasp stings cause affected individuals to develop edema, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fever, and unconsciousness. The histamine response to mass envenomations can result in the sudden onset of diarrhea and incontinence. In fact, one case report describes a victim who defecated the bees that he had inadvertently swallowed during an attack. Most deaths that result from mass envenomenations occur within a few days following attack, but sometimes death occurs up to 12 days following an attack. An 88 year old died four days after sustaining as many as 200 stings during an attack by a killer bee swarm and another individual died 12 days after sustaining around 130 stings.

Have you ever witnessed a swarm of wasps flying through the air?


Researchers Have Discovered The Bodily Chemical That Makes Killer Bees Aggressive

Everyone has heard of killer bees, or as they are also known, Africanized honey bees. While bees do possess stingers that can deal out painful stings as a result of their toxic venom, very few bee species demonstrate aggressive behavior toward humans. Typically it takes effort to provoke a bee into stinging a person. Killer bees happen to be one exception to this general rule, as they will not hesitate to swarm individuals before dealing out stings. Every year fatalities in the United States result from killer bee attacks. Despite their well known tendency toward aggressive behavior, scientists have traditionally been in the dark concerning the reasons for this aggression. However, Brazilian researchers have just discovered a bodily chemical that is responsible for putting the “killer” into killer bees.Waco Bee Removal

In addition to discovering the bodily chemical responsible for the aggression demonstrated by killer bees, researchers learned that this chemical can also cause aggressive behaviors in normal honey bees after they are administered the chemical. According to a study published in Journal of Proteome Research the chemical that makes killer bees aggressive is produced in the bodies of many different animal species, such as flies and mice. However, when it comes to flies, mice and many other animals, the aggressive chemical seems to regulate food intake and hunger more so than aggression levels.

The researchers discovered that the chemical in question is a type of neurohormone that is produced in the brain. In many animals, neurohormones are responsible for regulating social behavior. Neurohormones are kicked into action by neuropeptide precursors. Young bee workers that belong to the killer bee species do not demonstrate aggressive behavior until they mature. This is due to the fact that the neuropeptides within the bodies of young killer bee workers have yet to develop to the point where they can facilitate specific neurological functions, in this case aggression. Once a killer bee reaches 15 to 20 days of age, it will develop into an aggressive creature.

Do you think that this “aggression chemical” is found in human brains as well as bee brains?

Bees Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Landmines

Bees Are Being Trained To Sniff Out LandminesWaco Bee Removal

Just about any animal, no matter how primitive, can be trained to do certain things. You may assume that insects are too simple to be effectively trained, but you would be wrong. Surprisingly, it is not too difficult to train an insect by resorting to classical conditioning. Back in 1988, two entomologists, Joe Lewis and Jim Tumlinson, joined a study that proved insects can learn through association. At the time, this study was a big deal, as most scientists were unsure as to whether or not insects could learn from humans. This study was only the beginning of a long effort to militarize certain insect species.

Since the 1988 study, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been interested in mastering insect training. The Insect Sensor Project, like DARPA, also became interested in how trained insects can be of benefit to the US military. These two government entities, as well as many others, have come a long way in the field of insect training. In fact, experts have recently trained bees to sniff out landmines in Croatia. This is pretty advanced behavior for a bee, but any insect can, theoretically, learn through conditioning.

Not long ago, researchers successfully trained wasps to associate certain odors with certain prey animals. Amazingly, it took researchers less than five minutes to train the wasps. Bees also have powerful olfactory senses that can be manipulated for the benefit of humanity.

When it comes to using animals to sniff out particular odors, most people think of dogs, but a bee’s olfactory sense is thousands of times more powerful than a humans. This puts bees on the same level as dogs when it comes sniffing out particular odors. Recently, researchers taught bees to associate the smell of their favorite foods with explosive landmines. This may seem like a strange thing to do, but the bees have been great at tracking down old landmines throughout eastern Europe.

Do you think that bees can be more effective than dogs when it comes to tracking down certain odors?