Apparently, it takes something else terrifying to take our minds off of COVID-19. News of a possible “Murder Hornet” invasion swept the internet this weekend, even inspiring a feature film (link below). But how scared should we actually be? Coyote Peterson, host of Brave Wilderness, answers your most pressing questions in the video embedded at the top of the article!
If you want to cut to the chase without any exposition, you can check out the Top 10 things you should know below. Of course, you’ll miss seeing what happens to someone who voluntarily takes a “Murder Hornet” sting!
Q: What’s a “Murder Hornet”?
A: An Asian Giant Hornet.
Q: How big are they?
A: 2 inches long.
Q: How did they get here?
A: Most likely a cargo ship.
Q: How many are here now?
A: No one knows.
Q: How painful is the sting?
A: 2nd most painful insect sting in the world (The Executioner Wasp is the most painful).
Q: How potent is the venom?
A: The bigger the insect the more powerful the venom, so… pretty potent.
Q: Will the “Murder Hornet” sting for no reason?
A: No, only if provoked.
Q: Who needs to be afraid?
A: Nobody. Honeybees on the other hand…
Q: What should you do if you see one?
A: Take a picture and leave it the hell alone. Provide the picture to your local Fish and Wildlife official.
Q: Is the hype real?
A: It’s unlikely.