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    Default Giant Asian hornets that can kill with a single sting to invade virus-stricken US


    • Kassidy Vavra, Henry Pettit
    • Apr 9 2020

    GIANT Asian hornets that have begun to invade the coronavirus-stricken U.S. may cost the economy millions of dollars a year.
    The insects, which can kill with a single sting, may have a devastating impact on the already dwindling honeybee population in the U.S.

    Experts estimate the pests may cause America a staggering $29.3 million as they invade.
    The invasion is projected as a coronavirus-stricken U.S. is already facing economic setbacks.

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    https://www.the-sun.com/news/661834/...vade-virus-us/
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    Default Re: Giant Asian hornets that can kill with a single sting to invade virus-stricken

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    Default Re: Giant Asian hornets that can ‘kill with a single sting’ to invade virus-stricken

    Morgan Kerr: I have to make a PSA about the "murder hornets" article...

    (1) They're not called murder hornets. Maybe one interviewee said that, probably as a joke, and the journalist dove on it because it makes for a good headline, but.... I promise you, researchers do not seriously call them this. Sensationalism. Alarmism. Frankly, cheap and irresponsible.
    (2) Asian Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have existed in their native range for a LONG TIME and the reason you probably haven't heard much of anything about them until now is because they're not nearly as big of a deal human-health-wise as the NYT and other bored journalists are leading everyone to believe. Yes, their venom is more potent than any of our native bees & wasps. But on average they kill fewer than 50 people per year, which is extremely low and competitive with many of our native species. Yes, big painful sting. Only dangerous if allergic or if you disturb a nest and get like 20+ stings (edit: advised to seek medical attn at 10+ stings). If you live in BC or WA, DO NOT APPROACH NESTS. If you don't live in those areas.... Chill.
    (3) The POTENTIAL threat they pose is ecological. They have the potential to outcompete natives and do significant damage to honey bee hives. HOWEVER, they have only been spotted in a tiny North American range (British Columbia and Washington state) with no present evidence of widespread threat.

    Here are some additional non-sensationalized FACTS:
    https://news.wsu.edu/…/wsu-scientists-enlist-citizens-hunt…/
    https://agr.wa.gov/…/insects-pests-and-wee…/insects/hornets…
    Tl;Dr Bored journalists tired of COVID-19 reporting, big scary "murder hornet 🙄🙄🙄" easy target. SOME potential for threat? Yes. Panic worthy? No.

    Grulla, wouldn't your vox.com story have been a better choice than the screaming sensationalsm of the Sun? We've been talking about reliable sources for articles we post. I would suggest that a story coming from a site that also features a naked woman running down the street with her baby's head under her arm would best be discarded in favor of something a little less alarmist.
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    Default Re: Giant Asian hornets that can �kill with a single sting� to invade virus-stricken

    The Sun article was from back in 4-9, before your credible source lecture. Yesterday's two current links, EcoWatch and VOX, appear credible.

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    Default Re: Giant Asian hornets that can ‘kill with a single sting’ to invade virus-stricken

    Understood. Here's a suggestion from one who has been attacked periodically on Facebook for posting sensationalist stories as clickbait: try a search for the same story, purveyed by more responsible media... Or wait patiently for a more reliable source to come along and follow up, as you did with your second post. No more bad dreams over "murder hornets"!
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