‘Murder Hornets’ Have Been Spotted In The US For The First Time
Giant killer hornets have recently been spotted in Washington, DC, where entomologists have been making preparations to exterminate them.
The huge Asian insect has a sting that could be fatal to some people. It has recently emerged from winter hibernation.
“They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face,” bee breeder at Washington State University, Susan Cobey said.
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 5, 2020
Todd Murray, a WSU Extension entomologist and invasive species expert said:
“It’s a shockingly large hornet. It’s a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honey bees”
The beast was seen for the first time in the United States in December of 2019 when the state department of agriculture verified two sightings near the Canadian border.
It can penetrate most types of beekeeper suits, release around 7 times the amount of venom as a regular bee, and sting many times, the department shared, adding that it has made an order from China for special protective suits.
According to the university, it isn’t clear how and where the giant hornets arrived to North America. The species usually lives in the low mountain areas and forests of eastern and southeast Asia.
Meet the Asian giant hornet — also known as the “murder hornet.” It can kill a human just by stinging a person a couple of times. And for the first time ever, one was spotted in the US. https://t.co/aGLtbk9VUE pic.twitter.com/zG5KSxU3YW
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Japan has given it the name “Murder Hornet” as it is known to kill humans.
Its stings are large and extremely painful, with a potent neurotoxin. If stung multiple times, a person can die even if they are not allergic, according to Washington State University.
The ‘Murder Hornets’ emerge in April, when their queens come out from hibernation, sustain themselves on fruits and plant sap, and seek underground dens to construct their nests.
In a shocking video posted over a year ago, a similar giant hornet can be seen killing a mouse about four times its size.
In the video, which was shared online, the fight can be seen to last for about a minute. The giant hornet appears to sting the mouse several times as it tries to free itself.
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