'Murder Hornet', Invasive Insect From Asia, Spotted in U.S. for the First Time
Here is another reason why you should follow the lockdown rules and not leave your house during the quarantine if you're living in the U.S., in case you needed one: For the first time, Asian giant "murder hornets" has been spotted in the U.S. and it has created quite a buzz -- and it is not a good buzz since they are as bad as they sound.
Officially called the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia and at more than two inches long, the huge insects have been spotted in the U.S for the first time in recent months, appearing in Washington state, the state's Department of Agriculture says.
The murder hornets decapitate bees
These beasts, called the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia, are the world's largest hornets with a sting that can kill humans if stung multiple times. However, the reason behind their nickname is actual nightmare fuel: These hornets leave piles of dead bees, most of them headless, outside their beehive.
In the U.S. beekeepers have reported piles of dead bees with their heads ripped off. Here are the photos shared by Washington beekeeper Teddy Mcfall:
The giant hornet is known to kill up to 50 people a year in Japan and poses danger to the U.S.' rapidly declining bee populations.
How did they come to the U.S.?
The hornet was first spotted in Washington in December, and they've become active with the springtime. While scientists don't know how these hornets native to Asia ended up in Washington, it could be that they were transported in international cargo.
What to do if you see one?
Washington State Agricultural officials are stating beekeepers and residents should report any sightings and, if you think you have seen one, report it to the state Department of Agriculture's pest program, desirably, with a photo attached.
However, you shouldn't ever get close to one. Apparently, its sting can penetrate a regular beekeeper's suit, and there is a need for special reinforced suits, which state scientists have ordered already.
So, if the fear of spreading the coronavirus won't keep you inside, maybe murder hornets will.
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