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Asian giant hornets, nicknamed “murder hornets,” attack honeybee hives, decapitate the bees and feed their bodies to their young. Washington State Department of Agriculture photo

It’s a beautiful Saturday in Pennsylvania and ... “Murder Hornets” are coming.

So, 2020.

COVID-19 won’t go away. Alex Jones is ready to eat his neighbors, and now a story from The New York Times that says “Murder Hornets” could be moving in.

What are “Murder Hornets,” you ask?

Well, according to The Times’ story, they can, in fact, murder you. The Times reports they kill up to 50 people per year in Japan.

So, great.

Apparently, they’re even worse on bees. The Times’ story begins with a beekeeper in Washington pulling up to find “carnage,” at his hives. He described bees with their heads torn off and bodies tossed aside.

“Murder Hornets” doing what “Murder Hornets” do, apparently.

Their true identity is that of the Asian giant hornet, but researchers call them “Murder Hornets” because their aggressive group attacks expose victims to as much venom as a venomous snake might inject and can result in death. They can grow to two-inches long and have giant mandibles, shaped like shark fins, that allow them to decimate bee hives in hours. The Times describes them as having a “cartoonish face” with “teardrop eyes like Spider-Man,” orange and black stripes that extend down its body like broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly.”

And, although their stingers can go right through a beekeeper suit and, according to the times, provide victims with a sensation they liken “to host metal driving into their skin,” that’s not the biggest concern.

The biggest concern is the bees.

The decapitation has a purpose. They lop off the heads and carry the thorax back to their little “Murder Hornets” to feed upon. They apparently first showed in Washington State last year, and now scientist are trying to hunt them down. Because if their spread isn’t cut off, The Times reported, bee populations — already stressed — could be decimated and any hope of getting rid of the “Murder Hornets” would be lost.

“This is our window to keep it from establishing,” Chris Looney, an entomologist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture, told The Times. “If we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably can’t be done.”

This sounds promising. But not really because it’s 2020, and 2020 is just not winning right now.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(1) comment

keyser soze

Menacing looking creature. A couple of years ago upon entering my garden shed I was stung twice on the face by paper wasps. Within an hour I was unrecognizable. For the next several hours I looked a lot like John Merrick the Elephant Man. I can only imagine what these things can do to a person.

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