Giant Japanese hornet anatomy rundown
Published April 6, 2010
Tags: Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa
Vespa mandarinia. Photo by netman (Flickr)
The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia
, is one of the largest Hymenopterans; behind only tarantula hawks (Pepsinae) I believe. They are ravenous predators of other insects (watch a honey bee hive massacre here
) and can even be extremely agressive to humans, especially if a nest is disturbed. These hornets are fairly intimidating beasties to be sure, and I wouldn’t want to handle a live one. Check out this great video where someone describes the interesting features of a dead giant hornet that he found while walking in Japan.
Yikes, that stinger looks like it can do some serious damage. I wonder if there is any truth to the claims that their venom can melt flesh and kill a non-allergenic person?