‘Murder Hornets,’ with sting that can kill, land in US

"Murder Hornets," the largest such insects in the world, have been spotted in the United States. The hornets have a sting so powerful, it could be fatal to some humans, but the primary target is the honeybee.


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May 5, 2020 - 10:15 AM

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The world’s largest hornet, a 2-inch killer dubbed the “Murder Hornet” with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state, where entomologists were making plans to wipe it out.

The giant Asian insect, with a sting that could be fatal to some humans, is just now starting to emerge from winter hibernation.

“They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face,” said Susan Cobey, a bee breeder at Washington State University.

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