The Murder Hornet, scientifically known as the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia, gained significant attention and notoriety in recent years. Originating from Asia, this formidable insect captured headlines due to its large size and potent venomous sting. Measuring up to two inches in length, with an intimidating wingspan, it became a cause for concern in North America when it was discovered there in 2019.
The Murder Hornet’s reputation is well-earned. Its sting is excruciatingly painful and can be lethal to humans, particularly if one is allergic. However, despite its ominous name, the hornets do not actively seek out humans to attack. They are primarily a threat to honeybees, capable of decimating entire colonies within hours.
Efforts have been made to control the spread of Murder Hornets and protect local bee populations. Scientists and beekeepers have worked together to develop strategies for early detection, nest removal, and public awareness campaigns. By understanding the hornets’ behavior and taking appropriate measures, it is possible to mitigate their impact and safeguard both human and honeybee populations.
While the Murder Hornet remains a formidable insect, ongoing research and collaboration offer hope in managing its presence and preserving ecosystems in regions where it has been detected.
“On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote and the crew are in one of the most remote stretches of wilderness in all of Japan… and they come across none other than the Japanese GIANT Hornet! This creature injects venom in such a high dosage that it can destroy tissue and attack the nervous system of its victim. Will Coyote be able to stand the pain as he finds out just how nightmarish this hornet’s sting really is?” – Brave Wilderness