Asian Murder Hornet Lands in Washington State

 In Science

I hate bees that sting. Honey bees, I like those – bumblebees are ok as well. But now we have a new menace to deal with in the United States: the Asian Murder Hornet. Last year in Japan, they killed 50 people. Now we’ve got ’em here according to information from Washington State. And they’re BIG – over 2 inches long.

Wasn’t a Chinese virus bad enough? And we had killer bees from Africa that have taken up residence throughout the southern US. Now we have something worse than killer bees – we have killer hornets.

The Giant Asian Hornet, nicknamed the “Asian Murder Hornet” can puncture a bee suit. If a human is stung multiple times, they can die.

It kills Honey bees (which have struggled to survive for several years thanks to a parasite), which makes it a deadly invasive species that must be eradicated before they spread across the US. Washington has been trying to hunt them down.

They’ve been attacking beehives in Washington since they were first spotted in December. Scientists have no idea how they got here. They can hide inside things. Someone could even have brought them here on purpose. You know, for “research” and they “accidentally” got loose, or as a food supply because the hornets are supposedly big enough to eat. (Shudder).

They were first discovered in Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian Border. Now there appears to be two nests located in Canada, but not “related,” which means they came here two separate times.

“With queens that can grow to two inches long, Asian giant hornets can use mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to wipe out a honeybee hive in a matter of hours, decapitating the bees and flying away with the thoraxes to feed their young. For larger targets, the hornet’s potent venom and stinger — long enough to puncture a beekeeping suit — make for an excruciating combination that victims have likened to hot metal driving into their skin.” The New York Times reported.

The Daily Wire reported,

The Asian Giant Hornet kills dozens of people every year in Japan and in China, and, according to Washington State entomologist Chris Looney, they are most notorious for their attacks on honey bees.

“Scientists have since embarked on a full-scale hunt for the hornets, worried that the invaders could decimate bee populations in the United States and establish such a deep presence that all hope for eradication could be lost,” the Times added. “Jun-ichi Takahashi, a researcher at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, said the species had earned the ‘murder hornet’ nickname there because its aggressive group attacks can expose victims to doses of toxic venom equivalent to that of a venomous snake; a series of stings can be fatal.”

Killer bees can kill because they also attack in groups. They have said these murder hornets are particularly sensitive to sweet smells and people who run. Hope they eradicate them before they creep across state lines.

Featured photo:  Washington State


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  • Jay Maj

    I live in Youngstown, NY (about 25 miles north of Buffalo) and I’ve been chasing one of these bastards around my house for 4 summers trying to kill it. I’ve emptied cans of raid on it and the damn thing won’t die. My next and possibly last option is gonna be to shoot it down with a pellet gun. I don’t know what else to do to get rid of it.

    • ApplegateRanch

      .22 birdshot

    • Gilbert Martin

      Nail polish remover with acetone or see about getting acetone from a hardware store. Kills most bugs on contact.

    • Amber

      I used a vacuum, and sucked her up with the hose. Now she is sitting in the canister. 😕

  • jay

    Brake clean kills anything

  • Darin

    Set up traps in my home town a routine maintenance grounds care worker..i have seen them increasingly over 6-7 years and ill show you exactly where ive seen them..dont kid yourself they are here in Washington…i am fascinated by them n have been able to kneal down close n not have had to run i always just walked away shaking my head..they are a beautiful creature but the stinger has been exposed each time ive taken a closer look n they are huge contact me if you want a locale

  • Paul E Costello

    I believe I just saw one here in upstate N.Y.. it was the biggest Hornet that I have ever seen. But it had a black butt on it the size of my thumb nail. This is different then any picture I have seen of the hornet. Normally I have a lot of wasps this time of the year, I haven’t seen one., nor have I seen any bees, which is rare.

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