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Sat May 2, 2020, 08:09 PM

'Murder hornets' in Washington state threaten bees and whip up media swarm

Researchers and citizens in Washington state are on a careful hunt for invasive “murder hornets”, after the insect made its first appearance in the US.

The Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest and can kill humans. But it is most dangerous for the European honeybee, which is defenseless in the face of the hornet’s spiky mandibles, long stinger and potent venom.

Washington state verified four reports of Asian giant hornets in two north-western cities in December. The species becomes more active in April, prompting local officials to invite the public to help beekeepers by creating their own hornet traps.

“It’s a shockingly large hornet,” Todd Murray, Washington State University Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist, said in a statement. “It’s a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honeybees.”

https://news.yahoo.com/murder-hornets-washington-state-threaten-200206648.html

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Sat May 2, 2020, 08:36 PM

1. I live in Japan

Those things are no joke
They spit. If you get that on you, then other giant hornets sense it and will attack you (they kill people, pets, etc)
The Japanese bees have the ability to kill the hornets.
It isn't pretty, but it is effective

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Response to rpannier (Reply #1)

Sat May 2, 2020, 11:38 PM

2. Question for those with allergies

Do Epipens (epinephrine injector) work for the type of toxin these hornets dispense? My wife has been stung 3 times by regular bees in the 16 years we've been together and the only thing that saved her was her Epipen.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #2)

Sun May 3, 2020, 07:28 AM

3. You might survive, I don't know

But, they tend to attack in swarms

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