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Big Bad Voodoo

Hornet attacks kill dozens in China

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How giant are we talking? No pics?

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Scary!

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Hundreds of people stung in Shaanxi province by swarms of giant insects believed to have multiplied over warm summer.

http://www.theguardi...s-kill-18-china

And Germany protects these insects!

Germany does not have radioactive water, (yet).

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Worst. Death. Ever.

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If these are similar to the Japanese version, they are about 2 inches long, perhaps a bit larger. Here in MO we've got some close to that size, but I've managed to get rid of them, pretty much. Nasty things, they are.

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That sounds like an absolute nightmare, they must be pretty vicious little demons to pursue you for miles.

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Hear you on that.

Hope there is something that can be done about it.

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Hear you on that.

Hope there is something that can be done about it.

Flamethrower?

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They may both (Japanese and Chinese) be Asian Giant Hornet

BIG! and talk about Bug eyes!

attacking a bee hive

http://natgeotv.com/...e-giant-hornets

Giant hornets can spray their toxic venom and if it gets into your eye it will dissolve the eye tissue and you will go blind.

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Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Hornets.... All Awesome! :tsu:

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They may both (Japanese and Chinese) be Asian Giant Hornet

BIG! and talk about Bug eyes!

attacking a bee hive

http://natgeotv.com/...e-giant-hornets

Giant hornets can spray their toxic venom and if it gets into your eye it will dissolve the eye tissue and you will go blind.

That's ridicculous. What Big Bad Voodoo said

... Flamethrower

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Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Hornets.... All Awesome! :tsu:

Unless you trod on their nest by mistake. Then FLAAAMETHROWER!
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Asian giant hornet, up to 5 cm in length, is formidable and anaphylaxis is a very unpleasant way to die. All the world seems to have its tormentors in some form.

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How giant are we talking? No pics?

japanese-giant-hornet.jpg?resize=400%2C250

I believe this one was already dead.

BTW they have now been found in Europe (France), probably as stowaways on ships, and they are spreading. They are causing deaths and environmental damage as well as killing honeybees, one of their principal prey species.

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Two inches long and quite wide the description said on Wikipedia. I did a web search on giant Asian wasps. Being allergic to even American honey bees, this is a scary thought. Got to go get another EpiPen because eventually they will be in the US as well.

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I read the some bee species have developed a defense where hundreds of them form a ball and engulf the hornet. They then beat their wings to generate heat and vibration, essentially cooking the hornet (and the bees on the inside as well).

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