“Nothing to Worry About” | Bug Experts Speak Out on ‘Murder Hornet’ Hype
Entomology collections-manager Chris Grinter—who snapped this beautiful specimen from 1911 Japan—wants you to please stop saying “murder hornet” & start saying “giant hornet.” (Vespa mandarinia)There has been a lot of fuss the last week or so about the so-called ‘murder hornet’ which has been spotted in Washington state, but experts claim there’s nothing to worry about – unless you’re a honeybee.
The world’s largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer has a sting that could be fatal to some humans, although that is very rare. The creature is known to decapitate entire hives of honeybees though, a creature that is already under threat.
Did a 1993 episode of The Simpsons predict a pandemic AND murder hornets?! Credit: YouTubeThe Associated Press has spoken to a number of bug experts who compare the ‘murder hornet’ hype to that of the 1970s ‘killer bees’ scare when Afric.... Continue Reading at Snowbrains