Working Title: Bee Weapon: From YKTTW
Stupid Flame War
Wasn't there a mention in one of the short stories in Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" of a Martian weapon called "the bee gun?" I would add it but I can't recall which story it was part of.
: This discussion is highly relevant to the subject: http://4chanarchive.org/brchive/dspl_thread.php5?thread_id=3914447
Dareon: Would Dead Rising
's zombie-killing queen bees count? It seems a bit too singular a bee to count as controlling swarms, but it is highly destructive.
Joysweeper: Figured I'd put this here.
- So a trainer that uses Vespiquen controls bees that control bees?
- In the animation it shows regular bees...
Honestly, is it impossible to talk about Pokemon without delving into natter?
I am not sure how related it is, or whether it belongs in the main article, but apparently wasp species in Europe are sufficiently different that Europeans may not necessarily understand what this trope is or what it is about.
Bees are the semi-domesticated ones that make honey, and are known both in Europe and North America. They tend not to be quite so aggressive, as they have barbed stingers which lodge in the recipient's skin and so will die shortly after stinging only once. There are also "killer bees," an African strain of the species that is much more aggressive, but they are rare in North America because cool weather tends to kill them.
In North America there are many, many species of wasps. For purposes of this trope the significant difference between bees and wasps is that wasps have no barbs on their stingers, and can sting again and again without harm to themselves. The ones that most commonly attack humans are:
Yellowjackets, which are tiny (1 cm long or less) striped black and yellow wasps, known for chasing humans or animals 100m or further should their nests be disturbed. Will sting again and again in a frenzy until you run far enough that they lose interest.
Hornets, which are much larger (3cm or longer) striped black and yellow wasps. They are as aggressive as yellowjackets if not more so, and have more venom. They can and do kill birds and livestock that disturb their nests. And when I say "livestock," I mean up to and including cattle.
There are many other species, tending to be solid colored and either red or black, mostly resembling very large flying ants. They are somewhat less aggressive.
And then there are fire ants, but this trope seems to be about flying stinging insects that cause an instinctive reaction of fear.