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Brian
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Posted: 27 Sep 2010
I am removing lizards from a development site to a nearby receptor site, and am using roof felt to attract lizards.  it is also attracting bush crickets, and hornets are clearly hunting the tiles.  I have seen them chasing young lizards too, though no kills as yet.  Has anyone witnessed hornets actually taking young lizards before? Brian40448.2906597222
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Robert V
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Posted: 27 Sep 2010

Hi Brian,

I've never heard of a hornet taking a young lizard but I would think  sting from one of the larger Hornets you see flying sometimes is probably as lethal as an adder bite. I'd heard once that a horse died from just two hornet stings so a lizard wouldn't stand a chance.


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Posted: 27 Sep 2010

I was out over a site saturday and it looks like herps are moving close to their hibernation sites now, this will probably be one of the last from this year

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Brian
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Posted: 27 Sep 2010
There were still quite a few lizards, and hornets around today, but I know what you mean.  The site is in one of the warmer parts of the country.
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Brian
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Posted: 27 Sep 2010
Rob, hornets are not all sting.  What has surprised me is how they eat the animals they have captured.  I imagined they would fly back to the nest, but they seem to sit and devour Orthoptera. Perhaps queens trying to get protein.
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Robert V
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Posted: 28 Sep 2010

Brian hi,

yes you're right; I can't remember which one, but either the soldiers, drones or workers have no sting at all. They're the ones that ram you in the forehead if you get to close to the nest.

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Brian
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Posted: 28 Sep 2010

That is not quite what I meant.  Rather, as well as a fairly powerful sting they have fairly ferocious mandibles!  Saw one chase another lizard today, but still no evidence of them actually catching one.

It's is the males that do not sting. As a species hornets are actually relatively docile unless you really annoy them.


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