Murder Hornets Have Been Found In The U.S. For The First Time Ever

‘Murder Hornets’ Found Their Way To The U.S., So That’s Cool

May 3, 2020 Updated June 11, 2020

Murder Hornet
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A murder hornet’s stinger can puncture a beekeeping suit

To the tune of, “Can 2020 possibly get any worse?” Yes. Yes, it can. Apparently, a nearly two-inch long insect known as the “murder hornet” has made its way to the U.S. for the first time ever, so that’s cool.

The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, has been found in the U.S. recently, and, according to The New York Times, has been known to kill around 50 people a year in Japan, with similar numbers in China. What’s more, it has the potential to eradicate the U.S. honey bee population, which is already in decline in recent years. Honey bees are critical to our nation’s food industry, pollinating plants producing fruit, nuts, and vegetables.

Per the Times, these murder hornets “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.” If that sentence alone doesn’t haunt your dreams forever, here’s one that might — the murder hornet’s stinger is tough enough to pierce a beekeepers’ suit.

As news of the hornet’s arrival made its way into the news in recent days, people took to Twitter to react because — if you don’t laugh and all that: