'Murder hornet' invasion in U.S. sows dread over threat to bees, humans

'Murder hornet' invasion in U.S. sows dread over threat to bees, humans

'Murder hornet' invasion in U.S. sows dread over threat to bees, humans

Researchers nicknamed the bugs "Murder hornets" because several of their stings at once can kill a human, and stingers are strong enough to puncture a beekeeper's suit.

A unsafe species of insect bluntly known as "murder hornets" have been discovered in the USA, with scientists rushing to prevent the species from spreading before it is too late.

They use sharp fins to decapitate bees and take their bodies to feed to their young, and human victims of the sting described it as similar to "hot metal driving into their skin", the report said.

They're the world's largest hornet and usually call Asia and parts of the Russian Far East home.

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is also known by the terrifying moniker, the "murder hornet".

Now they've made their way to the United States.

The pest, which has queens that can grow over two inches long, has devastating mandibles that can decapitate one bee every 14 seconds, according to a New York Times report.

Scientists in Washington first spotted the hornets back in December, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

'Murder hornets, ' a nickname coined by researchers, popped up for the first time in the USA in December when four sightings were verified by the Washington State of Agriculture (WSDA), according to a report from The New York Times.

As he pulled his truck up to check on a group of hives near Custer, Washington, in November, he could spot from the window a mess of bee carcasses on the ground. According to the New York Post, Japan attributes 50 deaths per year to the killer insect. Now we have giant hornets with freakish eyes and a venomous sting to add to this year's list of worries. "Their stings are big and painful, with a potent neurotoxin". While a honeybee hive can have thousands of residents, hornets can wipe out the whole population in hours. That also links the deadly insects to China, so that won't work.

The good news (we think) is that the entomologists and other experts working on this issue have been setting up homemade hornet traps in hopes of keeping the population at bay, and they've also created a grid of where they think the hornets are.

While most bees would be unable to fly with a disruptive marker attached, that is not the case with the Asian giant hornet.

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