Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater caught a hornet

on 20th February 2018

Bee-eaters are so-named because they specialise in catching bees. In addition to bees, they also take carpenter bees, wasps, hornets… not to mention dragonflies, cicadas, beetles, ants, crickets, termites, butterflies, etc. Of these insects, bees, wasps and hornets are the most dangerous as they can give a nasty sting.

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Photographers love to depict bee-eaters manipulating dragonflies before eating, as shown HERE. The resulting images are always colourful. Not so bees and other smaller insects.

Jeremiaj Loei‘s video clip of a Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) bashing a hornet to remove its sting (below) before swallowing it is exciting to view, more so than viewing a series of images of the same activity. I suppose a video of a bee-eater manipulating a dragonfly will be just as exciting, if not more so.

Jeremiah Loei
25th January 2018

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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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