Small, but Deadly

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Ruby Kasmer, Reporter

2020 has been a very eventful year from COVID to the arrival of Murder Hornets in the United States.

Asian Giant Hornets, otherwise known as Murder Hornets, are a species of hornets that have been around for a long time in Asia. In 2020, they were discovered in Washington state.

Murder Hornets are much more dangerous than honeybees. Their bites have been found to kill, hence, the name Murder Hornets. When asked what her reaction would be if she saw one, Halle Mullins (9) replied, “My first reaction would probably be like seeing any type of bee. I would run away and the hide.”. Many people would have this same reaction, maybe even a little more scared. Asian Giant Hornets can be two inches long. It is totally understandable why people would fear these creatures.

After some research it was found that bees kill about 64 Americans a year. Murder Hornets have killed about 12 Asians per year. Knowing this, it helps people to feel a little calmer about them. However, it is important to be careful around them, but definitely don’t stay at home in fear of these creatures!

The bigger issue with this invasive species is they kill honeybees. They have been found capable of wiping out an entire nest. This could result in a lot of problems for the honeybee species. This could also be detrimental to honeybee farmers. As a result of this, scientists in Washington have been trying to control the murder hornets.

Recently in Washington, a nest of murder hornet was found. Scientist attached trackers to the murder hornets hoping they would lead them to a nest. Eventually, they did just that. They were able to find this nest and get rid of the hornets in late October.

When asked what she thought about how they were having to kill these murder hornets, Ali Hunt (11) replied, “ I guess if they are hurting the bees to help the environment then it is understandable why they would need to get rid of the murder hornets.”

While it is important to be careful around murder hornets, it shouldn’t be a reason for people to hide at home. Scientists have been doing their best to learn more about how to control them, helping people stay safe. 2020 continues to be a strange year.