- Aug 4, 2003
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The 'murder hornet'... nope nope nope
BLAINE, Wash. — In his decades of beekeeping, Ted McFall had never seen anything like it.
With queens that can grow to 2 inches long, Asian giant hornets can use mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to wipe out a honeybee hive in a matter of hours, decapitating the bees and flying away with the thoraxes to feed their young. For larger targets, the hornet’s potent venom and stinger — long enough to puncture a beekeeping suit — make for an excruciating combination that victims have likened to hot metal driving into their skin.