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Saturday, May 02, 2020

... A Deadly Pest Has Reached North America. As he pulled his truck up to check on a group of hives near Custer, Wash., in November, he could spot from the window a mess of bee carcasses on the ground. As he looked closer, he saw a pile of dead members of the colony in front of a hive and more carnage inside -- thousands and thousands of bees with their heads torn from their bodies and no sign of a culprit. "I couldn't wrap my head around what could have done that," Mr. McFall said. Only later did he come to suspect that the killer was what some researchers simply call the "murder hornet."

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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, decapitating the bees and flying away with the thoraxes to feed their young.

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.

In Japan, the hornets kill up to 50 people a year. Now, for the first time, they have arrived in the United States.

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OK, 2020, you're starting to piss me off.

#1 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-02 06:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

More from the article...

...The insect was dead, and after inspecting it, Mr. Kornelis had a hunch that it might be an Asian giant hornet. It did not make much sense, given his location in the world, but he had seen an episode of the YouTube personality Coyote Peterson getting a brutal sting from one of the hornets.

Beyond its size, the hornet has a distinctive look, with a cartoonishly fierce face featuring teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly....


There's a link to the mentioned youtube video in the article. The person being stung in the video was definitely not having a good day.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-02 07:49 PM | Reply

Just watched a show on Japanese wildlife this morning. This hornet was covered in a section of the show.

"Wow, glad we don't have them here " says I.

#3 | Posted by bruceaz at 2020-05-02 08:27 PM | Reply

2020 sucks.

#4 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-05-03 01:30 AM | Reply

Why hasn't Trump done something to stop this beedemic?

#5 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2020-05-03 04:18 AM | Reply

There's only like 15 here - soon there won't be any.

They'll go away when the weather warms up.

Who has my hamberders?

-President ------

#6 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-05-03 11:35 AM | Reply

This is exactly why people don't believe the media when a real problem like CoVid comes along. They're so worn out by the constant "IT"S THE END OF THE WORLD" fear-mongering. Whether it's the latest killer Storm-of-the-Century or "Murder" Hornets.
Thanks Capitalism!

#7 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-04 07:46 AM | Reply

When they excrete their battle chemistry couldn't that trigger a degreasing dish soap spray momentarily? True that will kill several workers, but not 1000 to 1. Maybe just detect their heat signature or that distinct buzzing from their wings.. or just count the number of bees leaving at once to defend the hive. And they just hover there at the entrance dropping on to the stoop grabbing defenders easily. Would that air traffic have recognizable patterns? Maybe a laser or a non-directional heat lamp pulse to knock hornets down quicker.

Could they be tricked into a specific target zone for periodic culling?

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-05-04 08:43 AM | Reply

Using webcams to trigger a Goodwill blow dryer might make an interesting advertising incorporating bee farmers, vector algorithms, circuit bending and the differently-abled. 'Merica!

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-05-04 08:51 AM | Reply

Killer Bees,
Murder Hornets?
Meh! It's this
Economy and Market
that's killing me!

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-05-04 12:12 PM | Reply

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