Giant hornets have few natural predators and can wreak havoc on fragile ecosystems. The deadly “murder hornets” are known to kill dozens of people every year in Japan.
Now they’ve been spotted in the United States.
The murder hornets were first spotted in Washington state in December, making it the first time they were documented in the US. British Columbia had seen a number of spottings during the fall. Many believe they ended up in the Pacific Northwest through cargo transport. Though they pose their biggest threat to our already dwindling honeybee population, they’re no picnic for humans, either.
YouTube personality Coyote Peterson was stung by a murder hornet on camera on his show, Brave Wilderness.
You can see he’s almost immediately in searing pain as his hand seizes up. “It will put you in momentous amounts of pain for close to six hours,” Coyote revealed.
“My arm kind of ballooned up to twice its normal size, so it was intense,” he continued. “Now, a single sting is not likely to kill a human unless you have an allergic reaction to the venom, but 30 or 40 stings could kill you.”
Insect expert Conrad Bérubé has also been stung by the murder hornet. In fact, he was stung through a beekeeping suit. “It stung through two pairs of pants and drew blood in two different places,” he revealed.
Experts anticipate that the murder hornets will become most active by late summer or early fall.
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