Giant hornets reach North America

Few insects are as scary as the Asian giant hornet. They live in Japan and Korea but are moving to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also kill honeybees. A few dozen hornets can kill 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington on the west coast of the USA have warned people to be careful of the hornets. Beekeepers are worried about their bees.

The hornets are about five centimeters long. A bee breeder said: "They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face." The hornet's sting is very painful. A beekeeper said it is "like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into [your] flesh". The hornet's stinger can go through the clothes beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make a clicking sound."