Asian “murder hornets” were discovered in the U.S., to be precise near near Custer, Washington! Now researchers are searching for ways to eradicate the vicious insects before populations grow.
This species was discovered last November beekeeper Ted McFall found carcasses of his bees with decapitated heads, according to an interview with The New York Times.
McFall told the Times that he could not imagine what could have killed his bees, later discovering that it was the result of a murder hornet attack.
The Asian hornets are reportedly enormous, with queens growing as long as two inches.
The hornet’s venom causes unbearable pain for larger victims who are stung, which reportedly feels like hot metal being driven through one’s skin. They also can break through beekeeper suits, presenting a real threat to not only honeybees but also their keepers.
Japan reports around 50 people a year die from deadly hornet attacks, the Times added.