What the hell?!!?
Giant Asian Hornets Spread To America
Via HuffPo reports:
What’s the buzz about giant Asian hornets? They’ll kill you painfully and thoroughly — and they’ve been reported in the U.S.
Climate change might be contributing to a global rise in insect numbers. As if that weren’t bad enough, some of the bugs that appear to be benefitting from that population surge are giant Asian hornets that are killing people unfortunate enough to disturb them.
UPDATE: Oct. 4, 7:45 p.m. — Citing Chinese government sources, CNN reports that at least 42 people have died and 1,675 have been injured as a result of giant Asian hornets in Shaanxi province since July.
Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at the Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Ariz., told CNN that Vespa mandarinia carries a venom that destroys red blood cells, which can result in kidney failure and death, and noted that allergies to the venom can trigger cardiac arrest or cause airways to close.