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MrLiberty 10-04-2013 05:17 PM

The Chinese city living in fear of giant killer hornets
 
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Chen pointed with a shaky hand at the small plot of cabbage, scallions and corn where his friend Yu Yihong was stung to death by giant hornets.

"When he got to the hospital, there were still two hornets in his trousers," says Chen, a local farmer who, like many villagers, declined to give his full name to a foreign journalist. "The hornets' poison was too strong his liver and kidneys failed, and he couldn't urinate."

Yu, a square-jawed 40-year-old farmer in perfect health, had been harvesting his crops when he stepped on a nest of vespa mandarinia hornets concealed beneath a pile of dry corn husks. The hornets swarmed Yu, stinging him through his long-sleeve shirt and trousers. He ran, but the hornets chased him, stinging his arms and legs, his head and neck.

After Yu succumbed to his wounds and about 50 of his friends and relatives gathered to mourn his passing. Outside the farmer's mountainside home in Yuanba village, they ate preserved eggs, buckwheat noodles and boiled peanuts in silence; one set off a string of fireworks. Yu's wife and two children sat inside weeping.

Vespa mandarinia is the world's largest hornet, around the size of a human adult's thumb, yellow and black in colour and highly venomous. Their 6mm-long stingers carry a venom potent enough to dissolve human tissue. Victims may die of kidney failure or anaphylactic shock.
The Chinese city living in fear of giant killer hornets | World news | theguardian.com

Giant Hornets Oh My! :eek

Mikeyy 10-04-2013 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by MrLiberty (Post 604149)

Hope we don't get them here. We already have the zebra mussel and the asian carp that are both causing billions in problems. We sure don't need giant hornets

Manitou 10-04-2013 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikeyy (Post 604163)
Hope we don't get them here. We already have the zebra mussel and the asian carp that are both causing billions in problems. We sure don't need giant hornets

Some mad scientist will bring them in.

Mikeyy 10-04-2013 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Manitou (Post 604199)
Some mad scientist will bring them in.

The fish and Zebra mussels came by ship

rivrrat 10-04-2013 08:39 PM

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I would ****ing move if those were in my yard. *shudder*

Topcat 10-04-2013 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Manitou (Post 604199)
Some mad scientist will bring them in.



Doofenshmirtz evil incorporated?

faithful_servant 10-05-2013 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by rivrrat (Post 604204)
I would ****ing move if those were in my yard. *shudder*

Forget that!!!! I'd go in with a homemade flamethrower and a 5 gallon bucket of DDT and show those bugs why we are the top of the food chain.

rivrrat 10-05-2013 12:29 AM

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Originally Posted by faithful_servant (Post 604305)
Forget that!!!! I'd go in with a homemade flamethrower and a 5 gallon bucket of DDT and show those bugs why we are the top of the food chain.

Bees and roaches are two insects that set off my panic button. It takes all of my self control to not run screaming when I see them. ALL OF IT. But seeing a hornet that size? Holy f*cking sh*t on a stick. I actually really have no idea what I would do because all I know is I would be a full panic crazy woman mode.

Mikeyy 10-05-2013 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by rivrrat (Post 604307)
Bees and roaches are two insects that set off my panic button. It takes all of my self control to not run screaming when I see them. ALL OF IT. But seeing a hornet that size? Holy f*cking sh*t on a stick. I actually really have no idea what I would do because all I know is I would be a full panic crazy woman mode.

Bees don't bother me. I've been stung plenty of times. Irukandji's always make me nervous though. I have had a couple of friends stung by them. Not pretty.

faithful_servant 10-05-2013 12:53 AM

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Originally Posted by rivrrat (Post 604307)
Bees and roaches are two insects that set off my panic button. It takes all of my self control to not run screaming when I see them. ALL OF IT. But seeing a hornet that size? Holy f*cking sh*t on a stick. I actually really have no idea what I would do because all I know is I would be a full panic crazy woman mode.

You really need to get a really big spray bottle filled with bug poison and show those insects who's boss. They are small, you are big. They are dumb, you are intelligent. You have chemical weapons, they are BUGS and deserve nothing more than your pity as you kill them. Now go out there, buy a big can of Raid and show those little bastards who's the top dog!!!


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