Earthquakes, Tornadoes, And A Pandemic… Now Asia’s “Murder Hornet” Has Landed In America
America has been invaded by the Asian Giant Hornet, an insect so dangerous that its sting can kill humans and it’s nicknamed the “murder hornet.”
Deadly hornets from Asia that measure up to 2 inches long have been found for the first time in the U.S., with researchers worried that the insects are colonizing.
Because 2020 hasn’t been awful enough, here’s the “murder hornet” https://t.co/ayNkfwwN9F
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 2, 2020
In his decades of beekeeping, Ted McFall had never seen anything like it.
As he pulled his truck up to check on a group of hives near Custer, Wash., in November, he could spot from the window a mess of bee carcasses on the ground. As he looked closer, he saw a pile of dead members of the colony in front of a hive and more carnage inside — thousands and thousands of bees with their heads torn from their bodies and no sign of a culprit.
“I couldn’t wrap my head around what could have done that,” Mr. McFall said.
Only later did he come to suspect that the killer was what some researchers simply call the “murder hornet.”
With queens that can grow to two inches long, Asian giant hornets can use mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to wipe out a honeybee hive in a matter of hours, decapitating the bees and flying away with the thoraxes to feed their young. For larger targets, the hornet’s potent venom and stinger — long enough to puncture a beekeeping suit — make for an excruciating combination that victims have likened to hot metal driving into their skin.
In Japan, the hornets kill up to 50 people a year. Now, for the first time, they have arrived in the United States. More
First the Wuhan Flu, now this…
— Red Cuervo (@MarthaR94546872) May 2, 2020
Is it racist to call it the Asian Giant 🐝 asking for CNN
— QuestionEverything (@theylie2us) May 2, 2020
I thought acknowledging that an invasive threat came from Asia was racist.
— Pax Hart (@PaxHart) May 2, 2020
No, Asia is fine. China, that’s the racist claim.
Wait… Maybe everything is racist now. I’ve lost track…
— William J. Bagnall (@WilliamJBagnall) May 2, 2020