Japanese Man Tames Giant Hornet, Keeps It on a Leash

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A hoax? Maybe. Ridiculous? Definitely.

via Oddity Central:

The Japanese giant hornet is known as one of the world’s largest and most aggressive insects. It is two inches long with a quarter-inch stinger, can fly at speeds up to 25 mph, and is feared for its powerful, poisonous stings that claim at least 40 lives in Japan every summer. So when a Japanese man made an outlandish claim that he had actually tamed a hornet, no one really believed him.

But Twitter user Mikuru625’s has been trying to convince everyone that he actually has a pet giant hornet by posting photos of it. He said that he had captured the hornet with a butterfly net and held it with tweezers while he removed its sting and poison sacs. He then put a string around its thorax, so that the insect follows him wherever he goes. “He does bite occasionally but it doesn’t hurt,” the owner says.

To prove his claims, Mikuru625 tweeted a series of pictures with the wasp crawling over his fingers and his cell phone. It really does appear harmless, and you can even see the leash that he tied around it. Unless he managed to create a model that looks exactly like a Japanese hornet, this could just be the real thing. Of course, it could also be dead…

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Tame? I don’t think so. And how can a bite from that thing not hurt? Yellow jackets are a third that size and their bites hurt like a son of a bitch.

    • Wren La Pirata

      Higher pain threshold maybe? I’m a little baffled.

    • http://www.thecinematika.com/ The Cinematika

      That’s what I was thinking. The pictures had me laughing last night. People are so weird.

    • Woobniggurath

      You sillies. The pain is from the toxin in the stinger. A bite is just a pinch from a little set of mandibles.

      • Anarchy Pony

        No, that little bastard bit me and it hurt like hell. The sting hurts also.

  • Gjallarbru

    Never mind what species it is precisely, it is an insect. I have never known any insect to be tamed, let alone a particularly aggressive one. Insects might be indifferent to you, but they sure won’t adopt you as a master, or a family member.

    • Virtually Yours

      I met a rather inquisitive daddy long-leg spider this past weekend while camping…it even tried to come home with me, perched upon my shoulder. It was fun for a moment to imagine adopting it as a sort of pet (“Fetch me my rolling papers!”) but then it was time to say goodbye. S/he probably won’t give my existence another thought, though I will continue to smile when thinking about its skittering explorations…

      • Gjallarbru

        I do like crickets, and for some reason they really don’t mind being on me. They’ll stay on my foot or arm with little care, and usually require my prompting for them to go away.

        Yet, I wouldn’t call that tame exactly. I don’t know why they get on me, but I’m sure I haven’t domesticated any of them. I suspect more that I carry some pheromone they like, not that I would have any idea how it came to be.

        • Number1Framer

          Maybe your body warmth?

          • Gjallarbru

            Yup that could be it, but then I’m the only one in the family to whom this happens.

          • Virtually Yours

            You are The Cricket Whisperer…consider it a blessing :-)

  • Gilgamesh

    Looking at the pictures is that a man’s hand? I’m not against having a manicure myself but these nails look a bit too polished and hand model-like.
    Aside from that… why not just post a video of the wasp? The lack of a video makes it suspicious.

    • Rhoid Rager

      Japanese men sometimes grow their fingernails (grotesquely, imo) long.

  • Rhoid Rager

    They’re called suzume-bachi in Japanese, and they are incredibly dangerous. More people are killed by these giant hornets each year than bears, sharks and snakes. But mosquitoes still top the list for deadliest winged insects in the world.

  • Farrell Griffith

    A wasp’s sting is not “poisonous”, it is venomous.

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