“Murder Hornets” Have Arrived in the U.S.
To whoever asked "Can 2020 get any worse?", please for the love of all things holy quit asking such stupid questions. For the first time ever in U.S. History, we now have "Murder Hornets". The Asian giant hornet, or the Vespa mandarinia, kill 50 people a year in Japan.
Why are so many Entomologists worried about the "Murder Hornets"? They're a huge threat to our coveted honey bees. The Asian hornets attack beehives and decapitate the adult honeybees and feast on the larvae and pupae. It only takes a couple of hornets to completely kill an entire beehive.
WSU Insider spoke to Susan Cobey, who is a bee breeder in Washington state and works for the Washington State University's Department of Entomology, she described the hornets and it made us uneasy. “They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face,” said Cobey.
How can you spot a dangerous hornet? First, if you see a flying hornet that is 1.5 to 2 inches long keep your distance. Second, if it has a large yellow-orange head with huge eyes, and a yellow and striped body, scream and run. Their stingers are so big and packed with power that they can even penetrate a beekeepers suit.
Experts in Washington state are trying to trap the hornets that have been spotted so far. If you spot one, please report it ASAP. We have only heard of "Murder Hornets" sightings in Washington state, the worry is that they can be all over the U.S. by now. To report an Asian Giant Hornet sighting, contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture Pest Program at 1-800-443-6684, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at agr.wa.gov/hornets.