Asian giant hornets, the world’s largest species of hornet, have recently been spotted in Washington state. These hornets can potentially be deadly.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture verified the United States first sightings of the Asian giant hornet, which is a 2-inch-long insect that kills honey bees and can kill humans in rare instances.
The Asian giant hornet invades honey bee hives and destroys them in a matter of hours, according to WSDA.
According to People News, the species does this in part by decapitating the bees and then feeding surviving larvae to their own young.
Newsweek reported that experts stress that the primary threat posed by the invasive species is a potential devastation of honey bee populations.
According to Independent, you may not see Asian giant hornets themselves, but you may see the aftermath of an Asian giant hornet attack.
The hornet’s stings are big and painful, with a potent neurotoxin. Multiple stings can kill humans, even if they are not allergic reported ABC News.
The U.S Sun reported that researchers at the Washington State Department of Agriculture are trying to stop Asian Giant Hornets from nesting and breeding in Canada and Washington.