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    Default Deadly Giant Hornets in China

    China struggles to control spate of hornet attacks as deaths rise

    Terry Prouty
    An Asian giant hornet.


    By Ed Flanagan, Producer, NBC News
    BEIJING Authorities in northern China are struggling to control a spate of attacks by aggressive hornets that has now killed 42 people and injured at least 1,640.
    Residents in the cities of Ankang, Hanzhong and Shangluo in Shaanxi province have been hardest hit, according to local news reports, with 206 people still in hospitals for treatment. Of those, 37 are said to be in critical condition.
    The attacks are blamed on a particularly aggressive species of hornet known as the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia. At nearly two inches long with a two-and-a-half-inch stinger, the Asian giant hornet is the largest in the world and has a reputation as a relentless hunter that stalks its prey -- normally honey bees -- in coordinated attacks.

    The Chinese health ministry has ordered local authorities to exterminate the hornet hives in densely populated areas. Local officials have issued fire departments with special protective suits and pesticides and say that hundreds of hives have already been destroyed.



    A team of medical experts from Shanghai has also been deployed to oversee and provide treatment to victims.
    Health minister Li Bin said in a statement Thursday that he was "paying close attention to the situation."
    The unseasonably warm and dry weather in the region this fall traditionally the normal breeding season for hornets and continued human encroachment into hornet breeding grounds have been suggested as possible reasons for the recent rash of attacks.
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    Asian giant hornet queens can exceed 2 inches (5.5 centimeters) in length.


    Five times the size of a regular honey bee, one Asian giant hornet is capable of killing as many as 40 honey bees per minute. In humans, the venom released by this species of hornet is a potent neurotoxin that can cause violent allergic reactions and extreme bruising around the sting area.
    State-run media have shown images of bed-ridden victims suffering from multiple stings that look like small stab wounds.
    Shaanxi authorities have also urged citizens to wear long-sleeved clothing while outside and not to aggravate the hornets if they encounter them.
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    Series of deadly attacks by giant, vicious hornets terrorizing China
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    In the mid eighties we had a hornet's nest in the locked (!) storage for the pool flippers etc. A whole bunch of those suckers came flying over the pool and at first we thought the neighbor's son was flying a miniature plane, the remote operated kind. As they came closer we thought they were little birds and then they landed and we were all like "Get into the house, HORNETS!" LOL.
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    I read about this on CNN.com today. It is the stuff of nightmares.

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    Hideous! If these things were near me I'd walk around in a suit of armor.
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    One of the nature cable networks did a documentary on these or hornets similar to these in Japan. Their sting is so venomous that it eats flesh.
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    I think that there is even an energy drink that is a synthetic version of their blood and/or venom. Sold only in Asia.
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    My favorite thing to do with them is to boil them for a few minutes and then dip the meat in clarified butter. Oh, wait, these aren't lobsters?
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    Eeeesh. Can't these things be eradicated? What would the harm be? Do they do anything beneficial to our planet? It sounds as if all they do is cause pain and misery and terror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    I think that there is even an energy drink that is a synthetic version of their blood and/or venom. Sold only in Asia.
    Because.....Asia.
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    I run like Usain fucking Bolt from regular wasps. These would cause my bowels to loosen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    I run like Usain fucking Bolt from regular wasps. These would cause my bowels to loosen.
    I liked your comment, but not because I like the thought of you loosening your bowels, but because I think I would completely let the bowels go!!
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