NOW THE UNITED STATES HAS MURDER HORNETS THAT MURDER BEES AND CAN KILL PEOPLE
So much for any good news during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Now, once we finally get outside again, we have something else to worry about. And yes, it’s a new invasive species. It has a terrible name and a truly frightening size. It’s the Murder Hornet. Their Queens can be as large as 2 inches long! So why do we call them Murder Hornets? Because that’s exactly what they do. They murder other bees. With incredible efficiency and thoroughness. But they can also kill people, too. In Japan, they kill about 50 people every year. That’s just insane.
IF MURDER HORNETS ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN NORTH AMERICA, HONEY PRICES COULD SKYROCKET
So these Murder Hornets official name is Asian giant hornets. But Murder Hornets captures it best. They also have the monikers, Giant Sparrow Bee and Yak Killers. So do you get it yet? These things are nasty little bastards. Yak Killers? A bee the size of a sparrow? Shudder. And, yes, if these things get entrenched in the US ecology, it could be really, really bad. Like, no more honey bad. Because you need honey bees to make honey. And the Murder Kill them easily. They tear the heads off normal bees and take their thoraxes back home to feed to their hornet young.
MURDER HORNET STINGS CAN BE AS DANGEROUS AS A VENOMOUS SNAKE BITE, BE WARNED
And now, Murder Hornets are appearing in Washington State as well as Canada, out west. And no, we have no idea how they got across the Pacific Ocean, either. People found a few in Whatcom County, Washington last winter. One was seen across the border in White Rock, BC, as well. But even worse, folks found and killed an entire hive on Vancouver Island. But the Murder Hornets in the States weren’t even related to those in Canada! So keep abreast of this story, as it’s serious. These things have stingers almost as long as a hypodermic needle and can stab you multiple times.
And beekeepers? Your cute little bee outfits won’t help you. Murder Hornets can sting you through the protection.