In a 2018 video posted on YouTube that has gone viral again, a Murder Hornet is seen attacking a mouse and pumping the rodent full of venom. In the end, the mouse seems to be paralyzed and gasping for breath. Then the mouse tries to get up but quickly falls again and lays motionless.
The two-inch-long Murder Hornet disengages, flies off, then flies back, hovers over the mouse, and flies off again
Giant hornets do not lose their stingers like some bees and are able to continuously pump venom into their victim. In a 2006 paper on the Murder Hornets, a team of Japanese doctors said the hornets are deadly to humans. However, They mostly attack honey bees, which pollinate some fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers.
“In Japan, fatalities due to Vespa mandarinia (wasp) stings are estimated to range from 30 to 50 persons each year. Most victims appear to die from anaphylaxis or sudden cardiac arrest,” the doctors wrote, “while some of them die from to multiple organ failure including rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, liver dysfunction, respiratory failure, and disseminated intravascular coagulopathy.”
The doctor’s found that those who died were stung an average of 59 times, while those who survived suffered around 28 stings. The hornet’s stinger is so strong that it can even penetrate a beekeepers suit.
Susan Cobey, a bee breeder with Washington State University’s Department of Entomology, told WSU Insider that the Murder Hornets are “like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face.”
The Murder Hornets are usually between 1.5 to 2 inches long, have large yellow-orange heads with prominent eyes, and a black and yellow striped abdomen.
The Murder Hornets made their way to the U.S. for the first time in December, when the Washington State Department of Agriculture verified four reports of sightings. The hornets were also spotted in two locations in British Columbia in the fall, according to WSDA.
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