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Killer hornet armies disolve human flesh

(don't you love titles like that, its sooo National Enquirer)
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A small but highly efficient killing machine a hornet two inches long and with a wingspan up to three inches lurks in the mountains of Japan. The voracious predator has a quarter-inch stinger that pumps out a dose of venom with an enzyme so strong it can dissolve human tissue.

Bees, other hornet species, and larger insects such as praying mantises are no match for the giant hornets, which often stalk their prey in relentless armies.

Just one of these hornets can kill 40 European honeybees a minute; a handful of the creatures can slaughter 30,000 European honeybees within hours, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs.

People are not the Japanese giant hornet's usual prey, but those who have felt its sting describe the pain as excruciating. Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University, near Tokyo, said it's "like a hot nail through my leg."

Someone who is stung by the hornet and doesn't receive proper treatment soon thereafter can die from the venom, which is powerful enough to disintegrate human flesh. About 40 people die each year after being stung by giant hornets, mainly as a result of an allergic reaction to the venom.

This weekend the National Geographic TV series EXPLORER takes a close look at this powerful overlord of the insect world. The program, Hornets From Hell, airs Sunday, October 27, 2004, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MSNBC.

Ono, who has studied the giant hornets for more than a decade, champions the insects despite their vicious reputation. "[They] seem brutal to us," he said, "but they're just doing what they have to do to survive. They're excellent mothers and fierce protectors."

The film's producer, Jeff Morales, said he wanted to give the Japanese giant hornet a fair hearing. "Hornets get a bad rap for the most part, but they really are an integral part of a delicate ecosystem," he said. "Social insects like the hornet are incredibly intriguing animals, and there are so many things we have yet to discover about their ways."
By netchicken: posted on 7-1-2006

forget weapons of mass destruction, terrorists should raise hornets and release thousands of them in large cities.
By YCON: posted on 7-1-2006


Those sorts of creatures are fascinating, but I wouldn't want to get too close to them. Even if they weren't extremely venomous I'd keep my distance! They're huge!

But then, Canada is a place of moderately sized creatures. We don't have giant anything, (except for polar bears and Grizzlies!) though the mosquitos are quite effective at swarming and you would almost think they could carry you away they are so dense at times. No giants spiders or other insects, though.
By parrhesia: posted on 10-1-2006

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