Giant hornets-killer invaded the United States from Asia and threaten beekeeping

A deadly form of Asian giant hornets discovered in the USA. These insects can destroy the population of bees. They also are deadly to humans. Reported by the New York Times.

Specialist believe that the Asian giant «hornets-killer» needs to be destroyed, until it was too late.

The entomologist of Department of agriculture of Washington state, Chris Looney said that this kind of hornets kills the entire bee colony, decapitating bees with their jaws and feeding their bodies to their younger individuals.

Beekeeper Ted McFall said, as he came to check the hives near Custer, Washington, in November, and was shocked to discover on earth thousands of bee corpses with severed from bodies, heads. He suspects that to blame the so-called «hornets-killer».

Asian giant hornets, nicknamed “murder hornets,” have mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to decapitate honeybees. Their venom and stingers have been likened to driving hot metal into skin. And now, for the first time, they have arrived in the U. S.

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In his native Japan, these hornets kill 50 people a year.

The hornets, the Queen can grow up to 5 cm in length. They «can use their mandibles in the form of a spiny shark fin to destroy the bee hive for a few hours».

Hornets this species have potent venom and stinger long enough to pierce the beekeeper suit and cause him injury.

Berube Conrad, a beekeeper and entomologist from nanaimo on Vancouver island, said that in November, a hornet stung him in the leg through the suit.

«It was like that in my flesh plunged the flaming thumbtacks» — he explained.

It is expected that these dangerous insects can become much more active in spring and summer.

Chris Looney says that the invasion of the Asian hornet in the US is a «serious problem».

Asian giant hornets, called «murder hornets» by some researchers, have newly arrived in the U.S., the New York Times reports.

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He called upon the scientists to get rid of them, saying, «This is our window of opportunity to keep these insects from spreading in the United States.»

«If we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably will not to do ever», he added.

The researchers plan to use RFID tags, which will be installed at insects. These «beacons» will help track where they are going, in the hope that they will lead to their nests.

The plan is to destroy the entire colony of hornets at the same time.

The Asian hornet venom contains a neurotoxin, which can kill with the first bite. The sting also contains eight chemicals that can cause allergic shock in humans.