Forget about lions and tigers and bears – along with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the United States has a new intruder. The foreign species of insect has made landfall on U.S. soil and brings with it tales of fear. The Asian giant hornet, which can grow up to two inches in length, has been nicknamed the “murder hornet” and rightfully so.

According to the NY Times, the killer insect is known to kill up to 50 people a year in Japan. Now that they’ve been spotted in America this marks the first time they have come to this land.

Their spiked fins can wipe out a honeybee hive in no time, which has experts worried about the danger this new species poses to the existing bee populations. They will decapitate the bees and leave with their thoraxes, which they’ll feed to their young.

If stung, the hornet’s venom has been compared to the feeling of hot metal being driven into the skin. It gets even better. The hornet’s stinger is long enough to penetrate a beekeeper’s suit.




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