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'Murder hornets' have reportedly entered the US

Posted on Sunday, 3 May, 2020 | Comment icon 27 comments

You don't want to get stung by one of these. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Thomas Brown
An invasive species of giant hornet has the potential to devastate honey bee populations, experts have warned.
More commonly known as the Asian giant hornet, these huge wasp-like insects have already proven a problematic invasive species in Europe and now it looks as though they have arrived in the US as well.

According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, there have been two reports of the insects near Blaine as well as additional unconfirmed reports from sites in the Custer area.

Measuring 1.8 inches long and with a venomous stinger quarter-of-an-inch in length, the Asian giant hornet can actually prove lethal to humans and is responsible for up to 50 deaths a year in Japan.

In addition, these predatory insects are known to attack honey bees which (unlike their Japanese counterparts) have no innate defense against them.
As a result, even a small number of hornets can totally devastate an entire honey bee colony.

"They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face," said Susan Cobey, a bee breeder with Washington State University's Department of Entomology.

Officials in the state are now working to set up traps and to track down and destroy their nests.

"It's a shockingly large hornet," said entomologist Todd Murray. "It's a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honey bees."

"As a new species entering our state, this is the first drop in the bucket. Just like that, it's forever different. We need to teach people how to recognize and identify this hornet while populations are small, so that we can eradicate it while we still have a chance."

Source: CBS News | Comments (27)

Tags: Hornet, Bees

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 4 May, 2020, 10:49
That was good. I liked the part where he was in excruciating pain. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by the13bats on 4 May, 2020, 12:01
He has videos of him letting all kinds of nasties sting him, I have to wonder if hes related to joe exotic.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Robotic Jew on 4 May, 2020, 16:44
Murder Hornets would be a great softball team name. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by spartan max2 on 4 May, 2020, 16:47
I read an article the other day explaining that in Japan honey bees adapted to fight back by surrounding the wasps and vibrating to heat it to death. But in the states our honey bees have never expierences this predator before so they do not know how to do that. Our honey bees try to sting it but it does not penitrate the wasps exoskeleton.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Robotic Jew on 4 May, 2020, 19:21
We need to arm our honeybees with tiny guns. 
Comment icon #23 Posted by spartan max2 on 4 May, 2020, 19:27
Give them some steel plated stingers haha.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Hankenhunter on 5 May, 2020, 4:58
One would think that the Africanized bees will succumb to the giant hornets also. Probably the best way to protect your hives would be to cover them in wire mesh that will allow the bees with pollen to slip through and not the hornets. The massacres normally happen right on the bees front porch as the bees boil out, then they are chopped to shreds. A foot of clearance on each side of the hive should do the trick and stymie the hornets. I don't know if anyone actually does this, but it should work.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Still Waters on 10 May, 2020, 14:03
Comment icon #26 Posted by Still Waters on 30 May, 2020, 13:00
Comment icon #27 Posted by Piney on 30 May, 2020, 19:48
Stupid, stupid, stupid!!! 

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