What’s the buzz about giant Asian hornets? They’ll kill you painfully and thoroughly — and they’ve been reported in the U.S.
Climate change might be contributing to a global rise in insect numbers. As if that weren’t bad enough, some of the bugs that appear to be benefitting from that population surge are giant Asian hornets that are killing people unfortunate enough to disturb them.
Chances are, you won’t be, since these are queens, but the run-of-the mill variety ofVespa mandarinia are also pretty terrifying. The average stinger on a giant Asian hornet measures about a quarter-inch.
But before we “turn Earth over to the wasps,” as Gawker suggested, let’s stop and consider that normal-sized stinging insects already do plenty of damage.
For starters, there’s the killer bee swarm deaths that are periodically reported in the United States.
Swarming bees have also killed pets and animals as large as horses.
If humans can live with these pests, then giant Asian hornets shouldn’t present too much of a challenge, right? We might soon find out: The hornets were reported in Illinois last year.
In 2013, cicada killer wasps were also spotted in the region.