Wikimedia Commons. Meet the Asian giant hornet, a large, dangerous insect with a flesh-destroying sting that demolishes pretty much anything in its path. The hornets are most commonly found in rural Japan, but have made appearances throughout southeast Asia and occasionally in North America. While they have been known to kill humans, the grape-size hornets typically set their deadly sights on the hives of neighboring honeybees, which they systematically slaughter with particularly gruesome force. How do they take out entire colonies of bees in one fell swoop?
Everything You Need to Know About Asian Giant Hornets
Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps in the world. They resemble their closest relatives, yellowjackets. Hornets belong to the genera provespa and vespa. Hornets can be distinguished from other wasps by their rounded abdomen segments and large top margins on their head.
Looking to learn more about Japanese giant hornets? You're in the right place! These giants are fearsome but fascinating.