The U.S.A. has now officially been invaded by the Asian Giant Hornet, an insect so dangerous that its sting can kill humans and is nicknamed the “murder hornet.”
The deadly “Murder Hornet” is one of the deadliest species of hornets in the world. Once only located in Russia, China, Japan, and other Asian nations, the monster bug has now been seen in the U.S.A.
This hornet’s sting is so potent that another one of the bug’s nicknames is the “yak killer” because its sting is so potent it can actually kill a half ton yak!
Recently, beekeepers in Washington State and Canada have begun finding beehives invaded by the hornets and the results are devastating. A single hornet enters a beehive and wrecks utter destruction. The bug leisurely kills every bee in the hive using its giant mandibles to pinch off the heads of the bees so that it can take the bodies back to its own hive to feed its queen.
A Murder Hornet can kill 40 European honeybees in one minute, experts say.
“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,” the New York Times reported. “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 sting of this hornet is deadly to humans, too. The toxin in the hornet’s sting destroys red blood cells and can shut down a person’s kidney. The venom can also cause cardiac arrest.
Entomologists warn that we have only a small window to prevent the Murder Hornet from taking hold here in the US.A.
“This is our window to keep it from establishing,” Chris Looney, an entomologist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture, told the paper. “If we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably can’t be done.”
Let’s hope it is possible to put an end to this invasive species.
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