'Murder hornets' spotted in the U.S. for the first time

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According to various news reports, a species of Asian "murder hornets" have arrived in the USA, with researchers looking to eliminate them before their populations grow.

The question is: could murder hornets make it to MI?

Powell added "Murder Hornets" aren't the only species that pose a threat to honeybees. "The stinger on this insect is 6mm long and will go readily through most clothes", Mr Spicheger said. "The venom itself is fairly toxic and creates localized necrosis around the wound so you'll see melting flesh around the wound", Sven-Erik Spichiger, managing entomologist at the Washington state Agriculture Department told Reuters. Word is it showed up in Washington State in December.

The world's largest hornet, which has an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state, where entomologists were making plans to wipe it out.

Their stings can cause kidney damage, tissue necrosis and anaphylactic shock in humans, which can lead to death.

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. The hornets rip the bees to pieces, carrying the dismembered bits back to their own hive and feeding them to hornet larvae. "They can decimate an entire colony".

In this April 23, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a researcher holds a dead Asian giant hornet in Blaine, Wash.

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For the first time, Asian giant hornets have been spotted in the United States. An additional specimen was photographed in White Rock, BC, later that year. "But if you sustain multiple stings, the necrosis and the venom will actually start getting into your bloodstream and will start working on your organs".

The US is facing an invasion of giant Asian hornets that scientists fear could threaten its bee population.

"They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face", said Susan Cobey, a bee breeder with WSU entomology department in a press release. Recently, there have been two confirmed sightings of the hornet in the same area of Blaine, Washington. The hornets have yet to be reported in any other part of the country. "Our goal is to stop any further spread if they have, by chance, established nests in Canada or Washington".

Murder hornets keep their nests underground where they generate heat of around 86 degrees, so heat sensitive technologies could help to locate the nests.

The next morning, he awoke with aches "like he was sick", for stings that were among "the most painful he had experienced" throughout his career in beekeeping.

Seth Truscott from WSU said they're sometimes transported in worldwide cargo - in some cases deliberately. The Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association is maintaining spring "sap traps" in WA and BC, for emerging queens seeking carbohydrate-rich sap. Queens can grow to be 2 inches (5 centimeters) in length, with a wingspan of more than 3 inches (8 cm), while female workers and males are somewhat smaller, with body lengths of about 1 to 1.5 inches (3.5 to 3.9 cm).

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