Murder Hornets Are Another Thing We Have To Worry About

Murder Hornets Are Another Thing We Have To Worry About

 

 

 

 

 

Just when you thought 20/20 couldn’t get
any more terrifying as the world goes
into total lockdown thanks to one
invisible killer a new threat is already
on the horizon murder Hornets that’s
right a horrifying super bug is making
its way overseas and they don’t get
their name for nothing all right
somebody better stop playing that darn
Jumanji board game because this is all
getting far too much

let’s find out more

 

 

 

 

From it’s huge head with
bulging black eyes to its enormous black
and orange striped abdomen everything
about this creature screams you should
probably run in the opposite direction
before you decide to lock yourself
indoors for the rest of your life allow
me to give you a formal introduction
 The murder Hornet as it has been affectionately dubbed by the media is scientifically known as the vespa man Renia or Asian giant Hornet as the name suggests these winged terrors are native to temperate and tropical East Asia as well as South Asia mainland Southeast Asia Japan and parts of the Russian Far East . where they normally live in forests and low mountain ranges in case you couldn’t already tell they are also the largest Hornets in the world a single Queens body length can exceed five centimeters with a wingspan of seven point six centimeters
Their life cycle begins in April when the Queens emerge from hibernation feed on plants sap and fruit and look for underground dens to build their nests a single queen can fly many miles a day at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour as she searches for the perfect place to create her army of homicidal followers okay so they definitely look hella intimidating but what makes these Hornets so oh I don’t know murderous although Hornets are generally solitary hunters vespa Mandarin iya our most destructive in late summer to fall

when they develop a particular thirst for blood specifically that of the world’s apis mellifera or honey bee population when a murder Hornet worker which are always female comes across a likely bee colony target she places a pheromonal mark on it which basically says hey sisters come get a load of these goodies
once the murder Hornets get a whiff of the sweet smell of honeybee fear they invade their hive and proceed to use
their huge spiky mandibles to rip the beasts heads off by the thousands leaving nothing but decapitated bodies
in their wake according to research from Washington State University a strong healthy and populous bee colony of
30,000 to 50,000 workers can be slaughtered by a group of just 15 to 30 Hornets within a few hours yikes
this villainous behavior has even been given a special name the slaughter and occupation technique once they’ve wiped out the entire honeybee colony the murder Hornets Zone in on their precious food bank
any amateur bees are left in their little waxen cells which provide a great source of protein for their own young
larvae if that doesn’t already sound enough like a horror movie plot to you

get this murder Hornets might be heading your way sooner than you think they baby native to Asia but in December
2019 an alarming discovery was made in Washington State when an unsuspecting honeybee colony was mercilessly
massacred by a specimen which was later identified as a bona fide murder Hornet has not although several of the insects had previously been seen on nearby Vancouver Island in British Columbia during late summer and fall 2019
while the first recorded case in the UK was way back in 2016 after some of the
insects were accidentally introduced in France several years earlier they’ve even cropped up in British Columbia in
Canada and there’s no telling where they’ll be found next whether these border crossing murder Hornets came from Japan as some experts suggests or from some other region one thing’s for sure
you do not want to get stung by one believe it or not the murder Hornets venom is milligram per milligram less
toxic than a standard honeybees but here’s the catch because the Hornet is much bigger it packs a bigger punch and
it can sting you over and over again without dying all in all a single murder Hornet can
deliver seven times as much venom as a standard honeybee so don’t be fooled by its apparent lack of potency according to an article published by the New York Times about 50 people in Japan one of
the places where the insects are most common die each year as a result of murder hornet stings mostly due to
severe allergic reaction todd marie an entomologist from washington state university has also
warned that if someone stumbles across a nest and you get stung by a few of these hornets it can cause serious health concerns especially if someone is allergic to these types of stings
standard beekeeper suits aren’t enough to protect you either because they’re 2 centimeter long stingers are powerful enough to pierce right through it in case you’re wondering what it would feel
like if you were stung by a murder hornet just as poor owed Conrad Berube a beekeeper and entomologist from Nanaimo Canada after being stuck through his protective gear while trying to protect his honey bee colony but Roubaix described the pain as like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into my flesh so besides the very real fear of
accidentally peeing off one of these monster bugs what is there to be so worried about well if murder Hornets do establish themselves in the US and set about eliminating honeybee colonies across the country we find ourselves in a spot of real bother to say the least according to the US Department of Agriculture pollinators like honeybees are
responsible for one of every three bites of food taken in the US while they also increase the nation’s crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars you probably aren’t aware but native
honeybee colonies are already susceptible to many other threats among these are poisonous pesticides parasites
like varroa mites which basically suck out the equivalent of a bees liver and more than 20 viral and other diseases
according to Scientific American since 2012 beekeepers have seen annual losses in hives ranging from 29 to 45
percent while the total number of colonies in the u.s. plummeted from 6 million to just 2 million between 1947
and 2017 basically it’s not easy being a bee and having to face off against giant head chopping Hornets is just one more stress our honeybees don’t need it all looks pretty bleak for the humble honeybee but do they actually stand a
chance against the murder Hornet well the short answer is no but there are other members of the apis species
capable of putting up a good fight Asia is home to a handful of bee species including apis cerana japonica the
japanese honey bee which are also managed in some parts of the continent for pollination along
their European relatives what makes the Japanese honeybee more of a match for the murder Hornet is a sneaky defense mechanism they’ve got hidden up their fuzzy little sleeves hot bee balls which isn’t at all what it sounds like
so get your minds out of the gutter once the Japanese honeybee notices the pheromonal scent marker left by the
murder Hornet as it’s called arms the whole hive hunker down and wait for their foe to enter the nest once their attacker wanders inside all 400 workers immediately surround it forming a big buzzing insect ball around it while in
this tight ball formation each bee frantically beats its wings which raises the temperature inside the ball to forty
five point nine degrees Celsius as well as carbon dioxide levels and eventually the unbearable heat is enough to cook
the Hornet inside the Japanese honeybees are well equipped to deal with the heat and can regulate it from the outside pretty badass right the thing is European honeybees do not respond to the scent marker in the same
way nor do they create hot bee balls which leaves them at the mercy of the murder Hornets Brandon Kingsley Hopkins from Washington State University has pointed out that the whole murder Hornet
invasion thing should be enough to show why countries should preserve genetic
diversity in European honey bees at least 29 subspecies of honeybees live in Eurasia and northern Africa but most
bees are descended from the Italian subspecies which is known for its gentleness honey making abilities and
unfortunately lack of defense tactics against most of the problems capable of thwarting their colonies although
diversifying honeybee genetics is not as simple as it sounds there are other less
advanced methods of possible defense against the murder Hornets for one beekeepers can install specialized
entrance traps over the doorways of Managed hives with holes that are large enough for a honey bee to enter through but not a Hornet Jeff Pettis a former researcher at the u-s department of agriculture’s bee lab in Beltsville
Maryland has even noted that because labor is often cheap some Asian beekeepers rely on mechanical means or
even simple tennis rackets to swat the huge Hornets away and Tokyo though you might find that murder Hornets are more likely to turn up on your dinner plate than in here manners thanks to their surprising
culinary reputation that’s right people actually eat these things long before the terrifying insects made
their way to American shores some Japanese foodies prized them for their robust snack like crunch and the
way they could invigorate liquor and other drinks with a literal buzz I guess that’s one way we could tackle the
problem one very cautious byte at a time right let me level with you for a second swaths of giant murderous Hornets are not about to suddenly take over every neighborhood in the US but that doesn’t mean that the RET they posed the native honeybee populations isn’t still very real Washington State University researchers are already working with the Washington Department of Agriculture beekeepers and local residents to help
locate the threat study it and curb its spread before it truly is too late WSU has also ordered specialized reform suits from China to protect beekeepers in their battle against Vespa Mandarin
iya if experts can’t at the very least squash the invasion quite literally and
wild honeybees and other social insects including totally defenseless bumblebees will be left at the mercy of this
fearsome predator according to Chris Looney an entomologist at the Washington
State Department of Agriculture this is our window to keep them from establishing if we can’t do it in the
next couple of years it probably can’t be done all that’s left to do is prepare for a war against these terrifying creatures and as bee breeder sue Cobra says it will be ugly at this point it really feels like we’re playing one big game of apocalypse bingo first a global pandemic now a murder Hornet invasion what’s next what do you make of this new
threat let me know in the comments below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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