There has been a lot of changes throughout the beginning of the 2020 year. One change that involves insects is the presence of Murder Hornets. They are typically more aggressive and larger than the average hornet at about 1.5 to 2 inches long. Let’s take a closer look at what Murder Hornets actually are and find out if they actually present a danger.
Why Are Murder Hornets A Concern?
The Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) has been dubbed Murder Hornet because it takes a flying honeybee and carries it home to feed young Murder Hornets. Asian giant hornets or Murder Hornets can kill whole hives containing thousands of bees in a few hours. Scientists are concerned that the insect, which has been found in the U.S., could destroy our bee population if they establish themselves here. So far, Murder Hornets have only been found in parts of Washington State just south of the border of Canada. Beekeepers there say they found piles of dead bees with their heads ripped off. The Asian Giant Hornet is the world’s largest hornet and the queens can grow to two inches long. Their stinger is longer than those of bees and they are significantly more dangerous than bees and yellow jackets. Scientists say the Asian Giant Hornet targets bees mainly during the late summer months and in early fall. They are not sure yet how the Asian Giant Hornet ended up in Washington State, but some scientists believe they were smuggled in. If you happen to see a Murder Hornet, stay away and call local officials.