You Probably Won’t See ‘Murder Hornets’ in Fort Collins
The internet is buzzing over the news that "Murder Hornets" have been found in the Pacific Northwest.
Fort Collins doesn't have any sightings yet, but Mashable is reporting that Giant Asian Hornets are exceptional flyers, reaching speeds of 20 miles an hour and traveling long distances.
Fortunately for us, the enormous, dangerous hornets prefer to live in low elevation forests where they can make underground hives — making Northern Colorado an unlikely habitat. So, we might just miss this month's plague. (Thank the Lord.)
According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Murder Hornets are most dangerous to honeybee hives, which they can attacking and decimate over a very short period of time.
A few hornets can destroy a hive in a matter of hours. The hornets enter a "slaughter phase" where they kill bees by decapitating them. They then defend the hive as their own, taking the brood to feed their own young.
Giant Asian Hornets are "the largest species of hornet in the world." They can grow up to 2+ inches and their stingers are large and strong enough to sting right through a bee keepers suit. In the video below, YouTuber Coyote Peterson allowed an Asian hornet to sting him, calling it "absolute searing pain."
Source: WA Dept of Agriculture and Mashable