Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Japan honey bee fight ニホンミツバチ – Real Japan Monsters 日本で本当のモンスター

Did you know that there are thieves in the world of honey bees? I recently enjoyed a full day bicycle ride up and over the rugged peaks surrounding holy Mt. Ryuso in central Japan. At one point I discovered an active bee hive by the side of the road. The hive was occupied by indigenous Japanese honey bees (Apis cerana japonica or ニホンミツバチ in Japanese). Though they produce less honey than the European honey bee the Japanese bees are a better match for this region as they are adapted to defend themselves from attack by giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia). While watching the bees cool their hive I was surprised to spot two bees engaged in what appeared to be a life and death struggle. Though of the same species, one of the bees is likely from a different hive and may have been engaged in robbing this hive of honey. Such robbing can have a devastating effect on a bee hive as it is very costly to defend (many bees may die) and much honey may be lost when taken away by successful robbers. It’s not hard to spot when a raid is underway as the raiders will often hover in front of the hive waiting for a chance to sneak past the entrance guards whereas returning hive members will swoop right into the hive entrance. Also, while hive members leave the hive and return later with pollen hive robbers arrive with nothing and leave loaded down with honey.

Click on the link below to see what the Asian Giant Hornet looks like:


Welcome to the Real Japan Monsters channel. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of Japan with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if you have questions or just want to chat and say hi. I can also be found at the JVLOG forum with other Japan-related content creators. All links are listed below. I look forward to meeting you on-line. Have a great day!


The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

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.

The Path of Wildness Resources

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