NOROCK EcoLunch Seminar Series

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NOROCK EcoLunch is a forum for students, researchers, visiting scientists and collaborators in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Presentations will range from brown bag discussions of ongoing projects to more formal seminar presentations. 

Date: Tuesday, December 12

Time:  12 p.m.  Mountain Time

Presenter: Erin Shanahan, NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program

Title: Hornets from Hell and Turning Science into Cash with Hornet Vomit

The 2000 Women’s Olympic marathon was won by Japanese runner Naoko Takahashi. She attributed her win to a little known sports drink called Vaam. Vaam, or vespa amino acid mixture, is a synthetic derivative of Vespa mandarinia larvae vomit. Adult hornets masticate prey items into a gooey paste that is fed to developing larvae. In turn, larvae vomit a mixture of amino acid liquids to feed back to adult hornets. Adult hornets, which are about the size of a small hummingbird and weigh on average 0.09 ounces, have a wing beat of approximately 1,000 beats per minute, can fly up to 60 miles a day at speeds of about 25 mph and can lift objects weighing more than 3 grams. In addition to being a menace to European honeybee colonies, Vespa mandarinia are extremely deadly to anyone or anything unfortunate enough to disturb an active colony. Unlike European honeybees, Japanese honeybees (Apis cerana japonica) possess a unique defensive strategy against intruding hornets. Research on this strategy and overall hornet biology was the impetus for a National Geographic Television special “Hornets from Hell”.    


Location: First Floor Conference Room "Madison Room"- NOROCK, 2327 University Way, Suite 2.  (Click HERE for directions)


Webinar Info: Link: Please access Note, you will be asked to install the latest version of Java.

Teleconference: 1-855-547-8255
Conference security code: 39510029

2017 Fall EcoLunch Schedule:

September 19 - Christian Damgaard, Bioscience, Aarhus University, Silkeborg, Denmark

October 3 - Frank van Manen, USGS Supervisory Wildlife Biologist and IGBST Leader

October 17 - TBD

October 31 - Courtney Owens, Migration Specialist, USGS - Cloud Hosting Solutions 

November 7 - Steve Hostetler,  USGS Hydrologist

November 28 - Diane Debinski, Professor and Head, Department of Ecology, Montana State University

December 12 - Erin Shanahan, NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program