Migrant Workers Make Money by Selling Hornet Nests
    2009-10-22 10:35:17     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Jin
 

A cartoon figure stirs up a hornet's nest, saying "Removing a hornet's nest not only keeps people from a hornet attack, but also brings money." [Photo: zjol.com.cn]

by Zheng Zhi

A group of adventurous fortune-seekers is profiting by obtaining and selling hornet nests to pharmacies in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, the local website Zjol.com.cn reports.

With both nutritional and medicinal values, hornet nests are sold to drug stores for 300 to 400 yuan each or more, depending upon their sizes, the report says.

According to the report, the adventurers climb trees in Hangzhou's residential districts or in the city's small hills at night when hornets, which have weak eyesight, are believed to be much less aggressive. After spotting the nests, they wrap them up in woven bags.

Most of those who obtain hornet nests are migrant workers from rural areas of the country. Selling hornet nests has become a source of extra income for them.

But city firefighters have warned about the potential dangers of hornets, especially for those who risk fatal stings if they do not wear protective clothing, the report said.

A hornet's pupa contains high protein, and the nest itself makes for a medicinal herb as it produces honey and propolis, a resinous mixture that bees collect from trees and plants and can help intensify human immune systems.

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