Giant Murder Hornets Spotted for First Time Ever in US | 22 Words

While the world is undergoing the biggest threat to humanity for years, it has become hard to remember that there are other stories out there.

Coronavirus dominates every thought, every hour, every headline - especially when one things of hospitals, doctors, and nurses. But there are other stories out there - and this is just one of them.

Unfortunately it's another pretty terrifying tale! The tale of Murder Hornets in the US.

Keep scrolling to learn more.

As you will all be well aware by now, the world is currently under siege by a devastating and deadly virus.

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Since December 2019, global headlines have been adorned by continuously terrifying news about the spread of the notorious virus.

And it feels like it's all we ever hear about anymore.

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At the time of writing, there are over 3,328,106 confirmed cases.

And of that, there have been 234,718 deaths.

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A horrifying number.

It's been a truly dire couple of months.

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In a bid to combat the spread of the virus, various world leaders have imposed lockdowns upon their countries.

Millions are now quarantined to their homes...

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With strict social-distancing rules preventing them from having any physical contact with friends and loved ones.

It's an undeniably difficult time...

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And the only thing getting many people through these dark times is the idea that, by remaining self-isolated, they are helping to slowly rid the world of the devastating pandemic.

But we must remember.

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That there are millions of other stories out there that have nothing to do with COVID-19.

And this is just one of them.

This is the story of murder hornets in the US. And yes, at first glance they sound even more terrifying than COVID-19.

They've been spotted in the US.

The Giant Asian hornets, which have the nickname Murder Hornets, have been spotted in the US for the first time ever.

They've been spotted in Washington.

Washington state that is. And bee keepers have been left to discover some horrifying scenes.

What horrifying scenes?

Well multiple bee keepers have found countless bees with their heads ripped clean off.

What do they look like?

Well, a bee breeder at the Washington State University's department of entomology, Susan Cobey, said:
They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face.

And they're absolutely massive.

Just look at them compared to normal insects.

So why are they called murder hornets?

Well, because they murder DUH. They're well known for brutally massacring bees.

But they can also kill humans!

Multiple stings from a Murder Hornet and you can wind up dead, even if you're not allergic.

Experts have spoken out.

Writing in WSU Insider, Seth Truscott said:
Hornets are most destructive in the late summer and early fall, when they are on the hunt for sources of protein to raise next year's queens.

He added:

They attack honey bee hives, killing adult bees and devouring bee larvae and pupae, while aggressively defending the occupied colony," he added. "Their stings are big and painful, with a potent neurotoxin. Multiple stings can kill humans, even if they are not allergic.

So what do you do if you see one?

Well first things first: do not attempt to remove them yourself.

Department of Agriculture's, Chris Looney said:

Don't try to take them out yourself if you see them. If you get into them, run away, then call us! It is really important for us to know of every sighting if we're going to have any hope of eradication.

Contact the authorities.

If you are in Washington State and spot Asian giant hornets, you can report them to authorities using an app from theĀ Washington Invasive Species Council.