HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MURDER HORNET
By Grecia Haro-Flores
If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, you’re wrong. In addition to COVID-19, “murder hornets” have arrived in the United States, the perfect cherry on top for this challenging year. However, multiple sources say they should be the least of your worries. Here are ten facts you should know about the infamous “murder hornets”:
- “Murder hornets” are scientifically known as Asian giant hornets.
- They are also referred to as the “Japanese giant hornet.”
- They received their killer name from being able to annihilate honeybees quickly.
- According to Mashable, sometimes a large group of honeybees can outnumber them and kill them.
- They grow from 1.5 inches to around or a little more than 2 inches.
- Flying, they can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
- YouTuber Coyote Peterson intentionally had a “murder hornet” sting him and described the pain as “absolute searing pain.” He considered the sting of the “murder hornet” the second most painful sting after the execution wasp.
- Their stingers deliver seven times the amount of venom as a honey bee.
- According to Times, they kill around 50 people a year; however, it’s very rare to be killed by one.
- Their sting won’t be fatal unless you’re allergic or being attacked by multiple hornets at once.