Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet - Photo: Flicker/justinlindsay

Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet - Photo: Creative Commons

Asian Giant Hornet

The Asian giant hornet and its subspecies the Japanese giant hornet are natural born killers. The insect’s quarter-inch-long stinger is capable of injecting venom powerful enough to dissolve human tissue. The Asian giant hornet has a wide, bright yellow-orange head and compound eyes. Its abdomen is black with thin orange bands.

The world’s biggest hornet is wreaking havoc in northwestern China and certain parallels can be drawn to hornets here in the United States. While the hornets don’t typically swarm humans they have been known to attack if their nests are disturbed or if humans get too close to the hornets. The hornets will often decimate honeybee hives and often send scouts out to locate bee hives.

The articles in the following links will better inform you about the Asian Giant Hornet and general hornet behavior here in the United States.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131004-giant-hornet-insects-attacks-china-animals-science/#

Last updated December 8, 2014