After a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid food; they instead subsist on drops of amino acid from the larvae.
Deep in the forests of Japan, a territorial war is playing out, featuring killer hornet armies, yellow jacket battalions, and honeybee squadrons. All are fighting for the resources of their kingdoms, all are on constant alert, and all are prepared to battle to the death. Witness the conflicts and the carnage up-close as we follow these winged warriors into enemy territory, armed with potent venom, large numbers, and a simple battle plan: win or die. To us, it's a story of clans at war, but to these insects, it's a race for survival.
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