Asian Giant Murder Hornet
Asian Giant Murder Hornets
People are again starting to talk about these mysterious giant Asian murder hornets. We are going to give the quick low down on what they are, where they are, and what it means for you.
These hornets are typically around 2 inches in length. That is much, much bigger than the hornets we are used to seeing here in the United States. To put it in perspective, your normal yellow jacket is usually around .5 inches long. This makes the Asian Giant Hornet 4 times bigger than a yellow jacket.
Naturally, they also have much larger stingers and can sting repeatedly. Even through clothing!
It is true that the giant Asian murder hornets do kill a relatively small number of people each year. However, that is not why they are sometimes called the murder hornet. They get this nickname because of the devastation they wreck on the honey bee population. As the name suggests, giant Asian hornets are native to Asia. Most are found in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. The first report of these hornets in the United States was at the end of 2019 in Washington state.
As of mid year 2020 they have not been found anywhere else in the United States. This means you have a much greater chance of having a dangerous encounter with a number of other hornets, wasps, and bees than than ever seeing a Giant Asian Hornet.