Giant Hornets Kill 42 People In China

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The New York Times reports:

Swarms of giant hornets have killed 42 people in Shaanxi Province and injured more than 1,600 in recent months, according to Xinhua, the official news agency. Government officials have yet to figure out why their attacks have been so widespread and deadly.

Officials said on Thursday that emergency response teams were working to locate and destroy the nests of Asian giant hornets, the species involved in the attacks. Their venom is highly toxic and can cause shock and renal failure.

Hornet attacks have been reported elsewhere in China as well. Last month, a swarm attacked a primary school in the Guangxi Autonomous Region in southern China, injuring 30 people, including 23 children.

Up to two inches long, the brown and gold Asian giant, or Vespa mandarinia, is the world’s largest hornet species.

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  • Jason Graham

    Also, they have a THACO of 15 and 5 hit dice

  • Daniel Gill

    Send them to the White House

  • Anarchy Pony

    Normally I root for the wildlife, but this time, I dunno. These things are fucking terrifying.

  • Juan

    Igor, unleash the wasps! Cry havoc, let slip the bugs of war. Fly and kill, my pretties, bwah, ha, ha, ha!

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Hellstrom Chronicle.

    Excellent.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Any wagers on how long it takes some dickhead to bring those freaks to the US? “oooh they’ll be great pets, just like scorpions or spiders!” And then its only a matter of time before some mad scientist makes hybrid killer bee/ giant wasps that will totally wipe out our songbird population. Fortunately we have the syfy channel to let us know ahead of time when the sharkwasp will happen.

    • godozo

      Been done in France already.

      With the present Conservative Insurgency against congress, I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened soon.

    • atlanticus

      So…pretty…

  • Jason

    if 80% of their population didnt live in huts there’d be less deaths

  • Matt

    Keep spreading Democracy!

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