Discussion posted by: JohnF44
Nature is serving up another reason to stay indoors in 2020 with the arrival of the so-called Asian “murder hornet,” an invasive species in the U.S. and Canada with a nickname that puts “Africanized killer bees” to shame. The nickname comes from the way the giant insects can slaughter entire colonies of honeybees, though they’ve also been linked to a few dozen human deaths each year. The Asian giant hornet, as it’s officially known, is the biggest, meanest hornet in the world. It’s a AA battery-sized juggernaut on wings, with a massive, toxic stinger, an armoured body and a penchant for biting the heads off bees. It also packs a nasty sting for humans, although it usually doesn’t attack unless its nest is threatened.