The Main Stream News are calling the Asian Giant Hornet, “Murder Hornets.” They are dangerous even for humans.
Although the invasive species was first recorded in Washington State in December, the so-called “murder hornets” were on the social media spot on Saturday, thanks to an article in the New York Times. The report concentrated on attempts to avoid the spread of Asian hornets while sensationalizing the headline to worry the public. It worked, but also brought awareness to the potential issue.
Experiences of encounters with the Hornet were expressed in the article:
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.
The night he got stung, Mr. Bérubé still managed to eliminate the nest and collect samples, but the next day, his legs were aching, as if he had the flu. Of the thousands of times he has been stung in his lifetime of work, he said, the Asian giant hornet stings were the most painful.
If you would like to see an actual sting from one of these you can watch Coyote Peterson on YouTube Here:
Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest hornet insect. In December 2019, WSDA received and confirmed four sightings of Asian giant hornets near Blaine and Bellingham. This is the first observation in the United States. Canada also discovered Asian giant hornets in two places in British Columbia in the fall of 2019.
- Usually 1.5 – 2 inches in length
- Large orange/yellow head with prominent eyes
- Black and yellow striped abdomen
- Forms large colonies that usually nest in the ground