The insects were dubbed "murder hornets" in entomological circles due to the fact that numerous stings from them can be fatal to humans. Alex Jones is ready to eat his neighbors, and now a story from The New York Times that says "Murder Hornets" could be moving in.
Now, deadly hornets from Asia that measure up to 2 inches long have been found for the first time in the United States - and researchers are anxious they're colonizing. The hornets are at their most destructive in late summer and early fall, per the release.
Researchers want to stop the deadly murder hornets from establishing a home in the US and decimating bee populations. The Times' story begins with a beekeeper in Washington pulling up to find "carnage", at his hives.
The Times story prompted a slew of comments on social media, noting the appearance of the hornets in the U.S. in 2020, alongside starvation, pestilence and war. The murder hornets are so lethal that in a matter of hours, they can wipe out entire colonies of eusocial insects, including bees.
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"We need to teach people how to recognize and identify this hornet while populations are small", he said, "so that we can eradicate it while we still have a chance". "It's a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honey bees".
"This is our window to keep it from establishing", said Chris Looney. "If you get into them, run away, then call us!"
The hornets were discovered near Custer, Washinton, last November when beekeeper Ted McFall found carcasses of his bees with decapitated heads, the Times reported.
The murder hornet's toxic venom destroys red blood cells, which can result in kidney failure and death, explained Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at the Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Arizona. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.