'Absolute searing pain': What it's like to be stung by a Murder Hornet

The giant hornets decapitate honeybees during ‘slaughter phase and can destroy entire hive in hours

Justin Vallejo
New York
Monday 04 May 2020 23:28
Asian hornets hovering outside a honeybee hive

It’s called a “giant murder hornet“ and has left a trail of decapitated bees in its wake after arriving in the United States for the first time.

But in case reports of the two-inch death dealer entering its “slaughter phase” on US soil are not terrifying enough, video has been unearthed of YouTuber Coyote Peterson letting an Asian murder hornet sting him for the fun of it.

“Oh man, wave of dizziness really quick. Oh, searing pain. Absolute searing pain. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh,” he moaned, while rolling around on the ground.

“Okay okay okay okay. My hand is completely sized up and locked in place. When the stinger went into my arm I had this wave, a wave came over me and I got super dizzy. Almost didn’t feel what was happening.”

“Murder Hornet” began trending on Twitter over the weekend after the New York Times reported that the deadly hornets had been discovered in the US.

The Washington state Agriculture Department verified the hornet, of vespa mandarinia, in the US in December, and there has been a growing effort to stop the species from annihilating local honeybee populations.

The giant hornets decapitate honeybees during their “slaughter phase” and can destroy an entire hive in a few hours.

“You may not see Asian giant hornets themselves, but you may see the aftermath of an Asian giant hornet attack,” the department says.

“These hornets will leave piles of dead bees, most of them headless, outside their beehive.”

You can see the full video below, but in summary, on the pain index, it blows the cow killer ant out of the water, trumps the tarantula hawk wasp, and is on par with a blood ant.

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