'Murder Hornets' Have Made Their Way To The United States

'Murder Hornets' Have Made Their Way To The United States

After some research, McFall came to the conclusion that the culprits were most likely in fact the Asian murder hornets, two of which had previously been sighted in the area.

Researchers and citizens in Washington state are on a careful hunt for invasive "murder hornets", after the insect made its first appearance in the US.

The Bellingham Herald in Washington reported Saturday that the State Department received and verified four reports of Asian giant hornets near Blaine and Bellingham in December 2019.

When a pack of Asian giant hornets targets a hive of honeybees for slaughter, the carnage can be swift. The report said bees can survive in extreme temperatures and can kill a hornet in an hour. The hornets are also strong enough to puncture a beekeeper's suit.

Although not typically aggressive toward humans, the WSDA said, the hornet has a powerful sting that can pierce beekeeping suits. The insects kill roughly 30 to 40 people each year in Japan, where they're most common.

Scientists have since embarked on a full-scale hunt for the hornets, anxious 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. Maybe quarantining is a great idea after all. The venom can destroy red blood cells, resulting in kidney failure and eventual death. Some people are more allergic to insect stings than others, which can cause a fatal anaphylactic reaction that closes airways or triggers cardiac arrest. They lop off the heads and carry the thorax back to their little "Murder Hornets" to feed upon.

"It's a shockingly large hornet", Todd Murray, Washington State University Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist, said in a statement. To start the year off we lost National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi.

The hornets are also bad news for native honey bees.

With bees already dying at an alarming rate, the Asian giant hornets could put an even deeper sting in the American honey industry. Will there be a campaign to change the name to the scientific name of "Vespa mandarinia?".

The hornets are also deadly for humans.

So, uh, yeah, if you see one of these hornets in person, run away and call a local department of agriculture.

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