Fears of impending doom due to “Murder Hornets” may be exaggerated. It seems that Mother Nature has given Murder Hornets their own natural enemies.
On the heels of a global pandemic, many Americans have become alarmed at headlines regarding an “invasion” of Murder Hornets coming into the U.S.
Although experts are dismissing the worry as more internet “hype”, the murder hornets have captured pandemic-weary America’s attention.
Numerous bug experts told The Associated Press that what they call hornet “hype” reminds them of the 1970s public scare when Africanized honeybees, nicknamed “killer bees,” started moving north from South America. While these more aggressive bees did make it up to Texas and the Southwest, they didn’t live up to the horror-movie moniker.
There are even Murder Hornet t-shirts for sale.
Notwithstanding the scary headlines, based on a couple of videos circulating on social media, it appears the murder hornets are not as tough as their name sounds.
Murder Hornets Are No Match For A Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis > Murder Hornet pic.twitter.com/IJf3NWudEQ
— Alisha 🤘🧀✌️🌊 (@captrwrpnts) May 7, 2020
Strength In Numbers: Japanese Honey Bees Stick Together
The way Japanese bees deal with murder hornets is just brutal but satisfying. pic.twitter.com/8zjUloVzPY
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) May 5, 2020
So, while Murder Hornets (like bees) can kill a large mammal—like a human—with enough stinks, it is rare and the danger to humans, like everything else on social media these days, is greatly exaggerated.
“I think what made it worse was just the way that The New York Times article was written and the sensationalist ‘murder hornets’ headline,” Doug Yanega, a senior scientist at the Entomology Research Museum at the University of California at Riverside told Business Insider.