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    • In case you are wondering if things are as bad as the headline makes things out to be, it is. Or at least it could be if we don’t act fast. The Asian giant hornet a.k.a. the “murder hornet” has arrived in Washington State from Asia. What makes this species of hornet (Vespa mandarinia) so scary is its size, aggressiveness, the size of its stinger, and the toxicity of the venom in its stinger. These hornets, when provoked, can injure and even kill people in rare instances. In a particularly bad stretch of time between July and October of 2013, these hornets killed 41 people and injured another 1,600 in the Shaanxi Province in Northwestern China. 

      However, that’s not what has scientists most worried! What has scientists worried is the fact that these hornets aggressively target the hives of honeybees, decapitating them in a brutal onslaught. They do this so that they can turn the hive into a nest to feed their young. Mother nature is vicious! Damn! 

      At this point, what scientists are hoping to do is track these hornets closely, eradicate them, and make sure they don’t become a major threat to bees across the country. Bees are vital to our ecosystem, so anything that threatens them threatens us. If you see an Asian giant hornet, contact scientists and let them know. They want to get as much data as possible. 

    • Very interesting. Thank you for sharing, Frankly I can never say about any natural being whether it's bad or good, even if it'll kill me, I think it's not for us humans to decide. But we certainly facilitate a lot of changes on this planet, many totally inadvertent..

    • It isn't that they are inherently bad. I Agree with you completely. But they aren't naturally in North America. They've been imported somehow, and nobody knows how yet. In their natural habitat there are checks and balances. They have the same hunting techniques and tendency to use honey bees to feed their larvae in Asia. However, Japanese honey bees have developed a defense where they'll swarm a giant Japanese hornet scout once it comes to the hive and make sure they keep moving around, vibrating their bodies. This raises the temperature inside the ball of bees to a degree higher than the hornet can survive. But the Japanese honey bee can survive a higher temperature than the hornets can. For bees, there is no other defense against them. If the hornets are able to secure a long-term presence in North America, it seems likely we would lose our honey bees completely because they haven't adapted in the way the Japanese variety has. If that happens, it may be possible to import Japanese honey bees as well, but it would be better if we can exterminate the hornets here instead. It's almost never a good idea to mess with the natural ecosystem by introducing new animals. Or trying to eradicate native animals, I should add.

    • The Asian giant hornet a.k.a. the “murder hornet” has arrived in Washington State from Asia.

      They're in Canada as well. They've been identified in Nanaimo and a hive was exterminated on Vancouver Island recently. This problem actually started last year, but I don't know how much was done at the time. I don't think there was much time to do anything before they went into hibernation for the winter.

    • I can attest. I was in Texas doing field work when killer bees arrived and they nearly killed one of my coworkers. He was lucky to be able to find a truck to run to but they aggressively followed him there. He had to pick out a lot of stingers.

      I got swarmed by fire ants, also non native there, broke out in hives and went into shock. Ever since then I’ve had bad reactions to ant bites and bee stings. A bee got my lip the other day while riding my bike and this is what happened:

    • Indeed. This makes me think (again) at why someone would be shooting polar bears coming with icebergs too close to Newfoundland shore. At least that's what I've been told, that the local's aim is to ensure no such bears start populating there. . .

    • That looks awful.

      Killer bees and fire ants are pretty scary, too. The guy that took care of the nest on Vancouver Island went at night when they sleep wearing shorts and sweatpants under his bee suit and still took seven stings.

    • I hadn't thought about people actively keeping polar bears from establishing a residence farther south. They're getting the squeeze from both sides... If we don't want them to go extinct, we have to either allow them to move or figure out a way to fix the climate.

    • I think we're becoming the most invasive species thus far, no living life form can adapt to us, except perhaps for bats? 🦇 🙃

    • Chris that looks horrible and I hope the pain and swelling subsided fast enough .. I came to learn last summer how allergic I am to poison something something ivy or oak (am still unsure what it was) but thought was going to die ripping my own flesh off. Apparently wearing Revvit perforated gear doesn't protect from it. Duh. After several week's of dealing with it on and off, my weekends all ruined, I thought I had escaped it. But no, even after running the pants through washer machine on hard cycle, and they looked immaculate, the rash came back exactly around the same area of knees once I wore them again! Now I watch every single leave or tree I get near. Somehow I think this stuff our body produces has to do with our immune system and is genetically programmed, as I recall how my mother had identical reactions as I to some unknown outdoors plants.

      All seriousness aside, your picture looks like you could have successfully played a role in some movie at that stage, yet am unsure which character looked very much so..

    • is she eating an asian hornet?? Looks like hornet was kind of impaired already as it didn't react fast enough.. Maybe I'm missing something. But that would be a great natural counter offense.