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Killer sneaks into America: Washington State discovers giant Asian hornet

Killer sneaks into America: Washington State discovers giant Asian hornet

Researchers in Washington State say that the giant Asian bumblebee was found locally, and this is the first time the United States has discovered this killer hornet.

Researchers at Washington State University say that this giant Asian hornet called Vespa mandarinia is more than five centimeters long and is the world's largest hornet. The stings on them can kill people if they sting many times, so they have the nickname "killer bumblebee".

Beekeepers have reported that a large number of bees have died tragically and their heads have been bitten off. The number of bees in the United States is decreasing rapidly, and the emergence of new killers is shocking.

Susan Cobey, an entomologist and beekeeper at Washington State University, said the hornets seemed to be "something from monster comics" with a big orange face. She said that the hornet was first discovered in December last year, and she and her colleagues are worried that the insects will start to appear this spring.

These researchers are working with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, beekeepers, and the public to find and study these hornets and stop their spread.

It is unclear how and where these killer hornets first landed in North America. They may be "smuggling" with international freight, or they may be brought on purpose.

These hornets live in underground nests, distributed in forests and low mountain areas in East and Southeast Asia, and prey on large insects, including local wasps and bees. In Japan, this bumblebee hit European honeybees badly, and these bees have no resistance to the killer bumblebee.

Cobb said that although they are generally not hostile to humans, if they are provoked, they will attack humans. Their bee stings are huge, they will be very painful after stinging, and they carry powerful neurotoxins.

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