For a while there, we were convinced that we’d discovered the next great plague of 2020 after the novel coronavirus. We were told that the Asian Murder Hornets had arrived in North America and they were going to finish wiping out the honeybees and potentially a number of us as well. But was it all just a bunch of hype designed to generate hilarious memes on social media? That’s the opinion of at least some entomologists. These alleged “bug experts” are telling the Washington Examiner that the insects aren’t really murderous and they’re “just another type of hornet.” While they may pose a threat to the honeybees, they really aren’t any more dangerous to people than other stinging insects.
Insect experts say the buzz around a bug dubbed the “murder hornet” is being overhyped.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to kill tens of thousands of people in the United States, a new viral story began to emerge about an invasive stinging insect called the “murder hornet,” but experts are saying not to be overly concerned.
Bug experts told the Associated Press that while the Asian giant hornet could pose a threat to honeybees, those in the U.S. shouldn’t worry that the large two-inch hornet will kill them.
“They are not ‘murder hornets.’ They are just hornets,” said Chris Looney, a Washington Agriculture Department entomologist.
Am I the only one being left feeling a little disappointed? With the rest of the disasters crashing down around our ears on a daily basis, it seems like we need some new modern plagues to fill up the news cycle every month or so and the Murder Hornets looked like they would fill the bill perfectly.