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‘Murder hornets’ found in U.S. for first time ever

Discussion in 'The Living World' started by Dawnofhope, May 3, 2020.

  1. Dawnofhope

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    Hey you guys in the States. What gives?

    And just when things were going so well.

    Asian giant hornets, known by some researchers as “murder hornets,” have been spotted in the US for the first time ever, the New York Times reported.

    The murder hornets, which can grow up to two inches long, didn’t get their name from murdering people, but instead from their brutal decapitations of honeybees.

    Scientists in Washington first spotted the hornets back in December, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The murderous insects were also seen north of the border in British Columbia.

    While the hornets usually stick to murdering bees, they can kill up to 50 people a year in Japan, according to the Times. Their stingers are longer than a run-of-the-mill honeybee’s.

    “A few hornets can destroy a hive in a matter of hours, according to the WSDA. “The hornets enter a ‘slaughter phase’ where they kill bees by decapitating them. They then defend the hive as their own, taking the brood to feed their own young.”


    Multiple beehives in Washington were wiped out by the murder hornets, the Times reported.

    With bees already dying at an alarming rate, the Asian giant hornets could put an even deeper sting in the American honey industry. A similar hornet invasion in Europe dropped honey production by more than 60%, Time reported.



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  2. TransmutingSoul

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    That is a big worry, honey is vital for the future of the planet. Such great healing properties.

    Regards Tony
     
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    I can't wait till they choose a killer bee hive to attack. I hope someone has a video of that.

    As big as they are, I don't see how they would be a threat to the honeybee. The man made hives leave a small opening for the bees to enter which it seems to me, this hornet could not enter. And as soon as he tried thousands of bees are on him.

    Fire ants are a real problem to the honeybee as they are small and can enter the hive and the honeybee cannot stop them.

    I'm sure this hornet can kill a bee. But he is not going up against one bee.

    Everything that comes here will produce an enemy. The fireant population exploded here years ago. But then they developed enemies also and so they are not as bad as they were.

    I think this hornet is just something else to add to the list of what bites, stings, or itches.

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  4. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    As I mentioned here; Americans' measured response to the next crisis

     
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    Really?

    Surely another sign of the End Times, I'd have thought. :D

    They've probably been sent by the pope, or the secretary-general of the UN, or by Ursula, or whoever is the latest hate object of the nutcase religious right.
     
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  7. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    This counts as official confirmation by a leading New Zealander that we're better than you. I've fwded this to the relevant authorities.
     
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    It's less about honey being vital than it is the necessity for bees to pollinate. Without bees, plants will go extinct beginning a chain reaction of the systematic elimination the planet's food supply.
     
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  9. oldbadger

    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    I think that these have been in South English counties for a few years.
    A shop assistant in Canterbury Kent UK caught one in 2016 and it was all of 2-2.5 inches long. Quite enormous.
    I would not want to get attacked by one for sure.
     
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    Well, we've had killer bees in the U.S. for decades now, as indicated by this map.

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    I don't know if any of the murder hornets have come into contact with killer bees, although the report says they're in Washington state and British Columbia. How did they get there?

    I think Washington also had the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. It's also the home of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, so maybe some evil, fiendish plot is afoot.
     
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    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    I would expect an Oz to tell us that these are pathetic little insects and that in Oz they are a foot long and eat little doggies.
     
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    I'd be more impressed if they ate dingoes.
    Although....that would reduce the baby eating problem.

    Meanwhile in Revoltistan, our bees are prepared.
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  13. Kangaroo Feathers

    Kangaroo Feathers Yea, it is written in the Book of Cyril...

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    No, it's the Hexham Grey mosquito that has been known to carry off small dogs, our native bees, surprisingly, are stingless and friendly.

    Here's a small one resting after a kill on the sign outside the Hexham bowls club
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    No, just another example of survival in the animal world.

    Sounds like you have some real issues.

    Good-Ole-Rebel
     
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    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    Love it ! :D
     
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    I bet you belong to the bowls club.
    Over 60s? :D
    Bet you go after the sweet old retired secretaries! :p
     
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    Oh well @InChrist is your woman for that.

    Is it possible these sinister new hornets are controlled by signals from 5G masts and have been genetically engineered by Gates to insert a microchip when they sting you? I think this should be investigated. :D
     
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    Yes, perhaps I may be confusing you with one of these End Times nuts.:D
     
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    I'm only 42. But Hexham is the first pit stop on the 6 hour drive between my parents' old house and my Grandmother's. I must have stopped at the burger place across the road from that sign 50 times. FYI, the bowls club is pretty central to Australian life, just about every small town has one. They're commonly the only large venue available to people, so they are the scene of a LOT of wedding receptions and 21sts.
     
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    Just made me think of an idea for a horror movie: The Birds and the Bees.

    The plot would be a variation of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, where wild flocks of birds go crazy, but including a scenario with Killer Bees and Murder Hornets running amok as well.
     
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