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'Murder Hornets' Have Officially Been Spotted in The US

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"As a new species entering our state, this is the first drop in the bucket", he said, as invasive species can make "forever changes" to the local ecology.

As if 2020 wasn't already bad enough, the USA now has another problem to deal with: a terrifying monster insect nicknamed the "murder hornet".

The sting of an Asian giant hornet can even kill humans. Their stingers are long enough to penetrate a beekeeping suit, and victims have likened the pain to being stabbed with a hot piece of metal.

Vespa mandarinia, better known as the Asian giant hornet, can grow up to two inches long with a stinger of almost one-quarter inch. What's more, it has the potential to eradicate the US honey bee population, which is already in decline in recent years.

They kill up to 50 people in Japan every year and are known to absolutely obliterate beehives, drink the honey, decapitate the bees and rip out their thoraxes to feed to their young.

Only later did he come to suspect that the killer was what some researchers simply call the "murder hornet". They apparently first showed in Washington State past year, and now scientist are trying to hunt them down.

These hornets are significantly larger than other species, with queens sometimes reaching two inches in length.

"The most likely time to catch Asian giant hornets is from July through October - when colonies are established and workers are out foraging", Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

The 2-inch-long Asian Giant Hornets have been found in Washington for the first time, where they are harming hives. Because if they're spread isn't cut off, The Times reported, bee populations - already stressed - could be decimated and any hope of getting rid of the "Murder Hornets" would be lost. He said the stings were the most painful thing he has ever experienced. A few hornets can destroy a hive in a matter of hours. That also links the deadly insects to China, so that won't work.

Residents who live along the B.C. -Washington border could be the first to spot the Asian giant hornet this year.

The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture describes Asian giant hornets as "large compared to other hornets, with noticeably large orange heads and black eyes".

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