Killer Hornet Attacks Surge in China Dr. Jorge Parada
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Vespa mandarinia, also
known as the
Asian killer hornet, may be responsible for over 580 attacks
and at least 19 deaths in China this year. The hornet is sensitive
to the scent of humans and its venom contains one of the world’s
most powerful neurotoxins.
China has experienced particularly hot and dry weather this year
which may have contributed to the increase in hornets as well as
changes in land development. These insects are native to Asia, but
individuals have been spotted in the United States.