やさしい英語会話 (260) Battle of the Insects

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今回の「やさしい英語会話」では、虫の世界を覗いてみましょう。

会話の男女は、いちばん怖い虫について話し合っています。話題に登場するのは、これからの季節特に猛威を振るう、あの怖いオオスズメバチ(giant hornets)。いとも簡単にミツバチの巣を襲撃して壊滅できる、攻撃性の高いオオスズメバチですが、日本に生息するニホンミツバチは、ある方法で彼らを倒すことができるそうです。それはどのような方法でしょうか。
(初級〜中級)
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

brutal
残忍な

black widow spider
セアカゴケグモ
※「やさしい英語会話 (256) Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand - Part 1」でも登場。

sacrifice
犠牲

to get laid
交尾をする

savage
野蛮な

annoying
うっとうしい

to wage war against
に対して戦争を仕掛ける

species


terrifying
こわい

venomous
有毒な

a few dozen
数十の

not to mention
言うまでもなく

freak the bejeesus out of
を震え上がらせる

a hive
蜂の巣

pheromones
フェロモン

loads of
たくさんの

to dismember
の手足を切断する

larvae
幼虫(単数形はlarva)

Wooooah.
=Stop.

disgusting
胸くそ悪い

suck
ひどい(俗語)

apparently
どうやら


*** Script ***

Battle of the Insects

W: Hey Mike, did you know Japan has some pretty amazing insects!?

M: Oh, yeah? Tell me about it!

W: Out of all the bugs in the world, which do you think is the most brutal bug?

M: Well, I've heard some spiders are pretty brutal… like the black widow! Apparently, the female black widow spider, who is a whole lot bigger than the male, eats the male after mating!

W: Ha ha. That IS a pretty big sacrifice just to get laid!

M: Ha ha. So, what bugs do YOU think are savage killers?

W: Well, I think ants are pretty cool.

M: Ants? Ants are so annoying: always trying to steal my food!

W: Yeah, but ants wage war against each other! They are one of the few other animal species, besides humans, who have wars!

M: I thought we were the only species that stupid! You know, I think those terrifying Japanese giant hornets should be the winner! They are venomous, and they even kill a few dozen people every year, not to mention they freak the bejeesus out of me.

W: Ha ha. Hey, I just heard about giant hornets recently! Did you know: if a giant hornet finds a honey bee hive, it leaves pheromones to attract other giant hornets. Then, loads of these hornets destroy the entire bee hive in just a few hours ? that's something like 30,000 honey bees! They even dismember the bees and take them back to the nest to feed to their larvae.

M: Wooooah. That IS disgusting! It would suck to be a bee! How does Japan even have any bees left, if they are all killed like that?

W: Well, unlike European honey bees, Japanese honey bees apparently have a defense against giant hornets. If a giant hornet goes into the bee hive, they all surround it, making a sort of ball around the hornet. Then they beat their wings so fast that the inside of this ball becomes so hot, the hornet dies!

M: Wow, I suddenly like bees!

(by Anna Mace)

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