Asian Murder Hornet Lands in Washington State
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,
“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.
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