ICYMI: “Murder hornets”

Published May 4, 2020

Because 2020 has­n’t been inter­est­ing enough, Asian Giant Hornets have appeared in the West, and it may only be a mat­ter of time before they spread through­out the country.

No, it’s not an exaggeration

With queens that can grow to two inch­es long, Asian giant hor­nets can use mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to wipe out a hon­ey­bee hive in a mat­ter of hours. […] For larg­er tar­gets, the hornet’s potent ven­om and stinger — long enough to punc­ture a bee­keep­ing suit — make for an excru­ci­at­ing com­bi­na­tion that vic­tims have likened to hot met­al dri­ving into their skin.

Next up: Frogs? Locusts? Rivers of blood?

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