As if April wasn’t scary enough with Covid-19 and confirmed UFO sightings, two days in May is saying “hold my beer.”
You may have never heard of the two-inch long, honeybee-killing, giant hornet before and that’s because the species had never before been in the United States. That was until the year 2020 decided to throw one more thing into the mix…
These large insects are commonly referred to as “Muder Hornets” because of their ability to slaughter entire honeybee hives and reclaim them as their own in a matter of hours. To humans, the sting of a “Murder Hornet” is often described as “hot metal penetrating the skin,” with several bites proving to be deadly for some people.
We’ve not yet seen what are the largest hornet species on Earth in our country, but officials fear they may be here for quite some time. In December of 2019, the first reported verified sightings were documented in Washington State with reports extending into Canada as early as the fall.
Aside from the initial and very obvious terror of these vicious hornets, the immediate threat is the havoc they wreak on honeybees and their hives. As we know, honeybees are officially considered an endangered species and play a huge role in our ecosystem. For example, crops that rely on pollination would suffer immensely if there were to be a continued drop in the honeybee population.
Officials are still unsure as to how the “Murder Hornets” entered into the U.S, and are devising a plan to contain them before the insect becomes a further threat.
It is important to note the following: these large hornets are at their most destructive at the end of summer beginning of fall, they are a health hazard, and it is strongly advised that you not try and kill one if you see it but rather call a pest program of sorts.
For most, including myself, this may be the final straw with 2020.