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Feb 19, 2018 10:42 |  #1

Hornets were visiting sap runs in an oak tree and I noticed that, although there was a lot of coming and going, one slightly smaller hornet remained at a run, drinking from it. Another hornet would fly in, there would be much mutual antennae-stroking as if for identification, and then the new arrival would open its jaws and the sap "guard/miner" appeared to exchange sap, after which the "customer" would fly off while the guard remained. There was no way of knowing if the guard serviced several different hornets, or the same one each time, but I was very intrigued by the behaviour, and wondered if anyone else has observed it.

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Feb 20, 2018 00:40 |  #2

Interesting observation and shot.
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Feb 20, 2018 04:05 |  #3

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Feb 21, 2018 08:52 |  #4

Neat action shots made much better with the story behind it.


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Feb 21, 2018 09:31 |  #5

Thanks for the comments. I know that this is a forum for photography, but, for me, it is the subject that is of most interest and photographing it is just a means of recording it.


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Mar 03, 2018 08:18 |  #6

Excellent behavioural shot and interesting observation.


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Mar 07, 2018 10:28 |  #7

you might get some feedback with regard to the behaviour on an insect forum like
http://www.wildaboutbr​itain.co.uk …nsects-and-invertebrates/ (external link)


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Mar 07, 2018 10:40 |  #8

racketman wrote in post #18579684 (external link)
you might get some feedback with regard to the behaviour on an insect forum like
http://www.wildaboutbr​itain.co.uk …nsects-and-invertebrates/ (external link)

I fear that wildaboutbritain is barely functioning now. It used to be a very lively forum but when the site had to go down because of trolls and hacking, many members moved elsewhere and now there is hardly any activity. Thank you for the suggestion, but even an entomologist friend of ours was unable to add any more info. I guess what I need is an expert on hornets!


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Mar 07, 2018 15:59 as a reply to  @ Trik's post |  #9

Dr. Robert L. Jeanne of the University of Wisconsin (apparently)
Sorry to hear about WAB forum, I used to get IDs there; can't imagine why anyone would troll a wildlife forum.


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Mar 07, 2018 18:40 |  #10

racketman wrote in post #18579865 (external link)
Dr. Robert L. Jeanne of the University of Wisconsin (apparently)
Sorry to hear about WAB forum, I used to get IDs there; can't imagine why anyone would troll a wildlife forum.

Yes, it was a very useful site, with many friendly and helpful contributors. For a while it was blasted with advertisements for new kitchens, so much so that if you inadvertently typed the word "kitchen" in a post, it was redacted. Then they were hacked (perhaps by a disgruntled kitchen installer  :p) and the whole site had to be re-built. Now you cannot register as a new member, and there is no "log in" button.

Re Dr Robert L. Jeanne - are you saying that he is a hornet expert? If so, I might try and contact him.


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