You've likely heard by now that a lethal breed of hornet has arrived in the United States. The Asian giant hornet, now popularly referred to as the "murder hornet," is typically orange and black in color and around 2 inches long with an impressive stinger.
The hornet is native to East Asia and Japan, where, according to National Geographic, it is known for wiping out bee populations and sometimes killing humans. In fact, the giant hornet kill an average of 30 to 50 humans every year in Japan.
As many have said, 2020 was bad enough before murder hornets arrived. But here's some comfort food for though: According to the University of Minnesota's Jeff Hahn, a professor of agriculture and natural resource sciences, the murder hornets finding habitat in Minnesota is "probably not very likely."
The reason? Hahn says the hornets aren't fans of Midwestern plains geography and Minnesota's winters are probably too cold, according to the University of Minnesota Research department.
Meanwhile, the arrival of the giant hornet in the U.S. doesn't mean it's everywhere already. They've only been spotted in Washington state, and environmental experts are working hard to locate them with a goal of stopping their spread.
If the hornets are in America for good, perhaps they'll make for some tasty beverages and snacks like they do in Japan. Have we piqued your interest? We'll let the New York Times explain the rest...