Killer Hornet Attacks Surge in China

FAIRFAX, Va. (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.