bees, wasps, and hornet

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by bdr56, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. bdr56

    bdr56 New Member

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    hi all,

    I'm new to the forums and the world of bees!

    I am posting because I am planning to make a game about bees, wasps, and hornets. I would like to learn about their daily rituals and routines as well as any possible interactions that could occur should these creatures cross paths. I would like to keep the game realistic so that it can be used as a learning tool but also make it fun with things like battles and attacks.

    Do wasps and hornets typically interact with bees? Could anyone direct me to a good learning resource that wouldn't be overwhelming for my purposes?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    BDR. First, we'll open with a welcome to the forum. :hi:
    You came to a good place to get information from people who have a lot if collective knowledge among them and, best of all, they are willing to share it.
    From my experiences, wasps and hornets generally go their own individual ways----that is, unless they are of the species of wasps that like to eat bees (=nice meaty protein). Here in Israel, by late summer (Sept-Oct) populations of the oriental wasp (Vespa oreintalis) build up and they can be quite a threat to the existence of bee hives in their vicinities. Over the years I have had several hives that were destroyed by the predations of this wasp.
     

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    hi bdr56, and welcome to the forum.
    are you a beekeeper, or just getting started? or are you just interested in designing a game? ~"so that it can be used as a learning tool but also make it fun with things like battles and attacks."
    where are you located in the US?
     
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  5. bdr56

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    Thanks for your replies. I am from New York City and I am not a beekeeper. I am much too afraid of bees to ever consider beekeeping as a hobby!

    However, I am interested in learning about the behavior of bees and wasps. For some reason, there doesn't seem to be a lot of books on the subject. Most of the books that I have been finding are geared towards children.

    For my purposes, the type of bee or wasp does not have to be local to me. I would like to choose the one that I find the most interesting and for which I can also find reliable information about their habits and interactions.

    As far as wasps are concerned, I think that I am most interested in aggressive, ill-tempered hunters that are known to attack bees. I have done a little bit of research on wasps and found this great documentary on the Japanese hornet:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3io8Ys7KSGY

    Is anyone aware of a resource like this which would give me equivalent information about any specific type of bee? It would be great to find a resource like this for bees (DVD, book, or detailed articles).

    What type of bees and wasps are most common in my area?
     
  6. CeeGee

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    There is a DVD called Tales From the Hive that I was given years ago when I first got started. Great photography and lots of basic (and some great detail) info of the life of bees, "domesticated" and feral, including predators as wasps, bears, skunks, etc