Sven-Erik Spichiger, managing entomologist at the Washington state Agriculture Department, told Reuters, "an Asian giant hornet can sting you multiple times and deliver larger doses of venom just because of the size of them".
They use sharp fins to decapitate bees and take their bodies to feed to their young, and human victims of the sting described it as similar to "hot metal driving into their skin", the report said. The hornets are also strong enough to puncture a beekeeper's suit.
Aside from the danger to humans, the murder hornet presents a danger to agriculture and the apiary industry, Mr Spicheger said, because the insect is known to attack honey bees, with a few of the hornets capable of wiping out an entire hive in hours.
The Times reported that European honeybees-which are common in the USA -try to sting the hornet, which proves futile due to their tough exoskeleton.
The winged killer was spotted for the first time last December near Blaine, Washington, which is close to the Canadian border.
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The hornets are estimated to kill 50 people a year in Japan alone. The website now has photos and information about various types of hornets and wasps to help people to distinguish what type of insect they see, but they say when in doubt, please report. "We need to teach people how to recognize and identify this hornet while populations are small, so that we can eradicate it while we still have a chance". They are native to temperate parts of East Asia, South Asia, and the Russian Far East, although the reason you've only recently heard of them, most likely, is because of the fact that they have now been spotted in the US for the first time ever. Since farmers rely on bees to pollinate huge numbers of crops, and given that bee populations are already under threat, there may be serious biological and economic consequences if bees have to face yet another predator.
The hornets made their first North American appearance in August 2019, in British Columbia, Canada.
Experts say if you do encounter an Asian Giant Hornet, get as far away from it as you can.
Intentional or not, when an invasive species enters a new ecosystem it creates lasting effects and changes to its environment.
"I am optimistic that we caught this one early and we won't have to learn how to live with this species", he said.
In terms of how deadly these Asian giant hornets are, the answer is: very.