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Fri Sep 27, 2013, 04:17 PM

Giant wasps kill dozens in China

Remind me to avoid Shaanxi Province next time I go to China...

A series of deadly hornet attacks has led Chinese officials to warn citizens to avoid walking through fields and wooded areas this year. At least 28 people have been killed, and hundreds seriously injured, when swarms of the stinging insects descend without warning on unsuspecting people.

The prime suspect in the killings is the Asian giant hornet sometimes called the yak-killer hornet (Vespa mandarinia) which can grow to be more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in length, and has a quarter-inch-long (6 millimeters) stinger that delivers venom containing a potent neurotoxin.

http://news.yahoo.com/killer-hornets-terrorize-china-214621792.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/27/world/asia/china-asian-hornet-deaths/index.html

I'd probably just have a heart attack if I saw one buzzing near me.

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magical thyme Sep 2013 #1
yuiyoshida Sep 2013 #2
NewJeffCT Sep 2013 #3
dixiegrrrrl Sep 2013 #4
Wait Wut Sep 2013 #5


Response to magical thyme (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 04:46 PM

2. Like something out of the Twilight Zone

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 04:46 PM

3. I hope the ones on the hand are dead

I would not be able to do that.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 05:10 PM

4. Wow..those have big stingers.

and like most wasps, they can sting more than once, I take it...

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Response to NewJeffCT (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 05:16 PM

5. We have tarantula hawks.

But, they aren't aggressive. They have an odd way of flying, like they're drunk. It's impossible to get out of their way because you never know which way they'll drift.

Big suckers, though.

http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2010/07/16/tarantula-hawks-deliver-the-big-sting/

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