There are some scary insects this world. Few them are as scary and as venomous as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome creatures are common Japan and Korea but are now moving the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill 40 people a year in Japan. They also destroy and wipe colonies of honeybees. A hornet attack can leave piles dead bees, most of them headless, in their beehive. A few dozen hornets can kill an entire colony 30,000 bees a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the west coast of the USA have warned people to look for the hornets. Beekeepers are now worried about their beehives.
The hornets are big. They measure about five centimeters length. They also look scary. Washington bee breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something of a monster cartoon this huge yellow-orange face." The sting the hornet is extremely painful. A Vancouver beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It was having red-hot thumbtacks driven my flesh." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It can get the protective clothing beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make a clicking sound. But if you stick to notice that, you're probably already a world hurt."