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These are Japanese Yellow Hornets (Kiirosuzumebachi). Though not as large as the famous Japanese Giant Hornet (see video below) the Yellow Hornet is more dangerous, as they are more easily excited to attack. Simply passing within three meters of a nest like the one in this video may invite a swarm attack. With perhaps more than a thousand hornets within the nest, a collective attack can easily prove lethal, even to those who are not allergic to hornet stings. Attacking hornets release chemical pheromones into the air to draw more hornets to the attack. This video shows the entrance to a large hive of Yellow Hornets who have made their nest within the crack of a enormous wild Cherry tree. The location of this tree is roughly 1200 meters in elevation along the east flank of a large coastal mountain in central Japan. I filmed this scene in September as the weather was cooling and the hornets were becoming especially aggressive. Giant hornet nests die out in the winter months and the individual hornets become more aggressive as their queen’s controlling pheromone supply is exhausted and available food supplies begin to run low. Hikers in Japan should be especially cautious of disturbing any suzumebachi nest from September through to the first deep frosts of winter. Though the weather was cooling, this particular day was warm and we can see several hornets using their wings to blow air over the entrance of the hive in order to cool the interior.
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The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.
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