Lesser Banded Hornets having a drink

on 18th July 2014

“I read with interest the previous article about Giant Honey Bees at a drinking session LINK.

“On a hot day last week, I came across this pair of Lesser Banded Hornets (Vespa affinis) lapping up at the edge of a pond, also with pulsating abdomens as with the bees (above, video below). I suppose like the bees, they were also quenching their thirst as well as bringing some of the water back to their nest to cool it.

“The Lesser Banded Hornet has an unmistakable large roundish nest, with overlapping layers of circular papering (below).

Lena Chow
28th June 2014

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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