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The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

Update: 2020-05-0833
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It came to the United States from Asia and first appeared in Washington State. The country was slow to recognize it. Deaths mounted as it circulated for weeks undetected. And now, if it’s not stopped, it could reshape populations and industries across the country. Today, we discuss the arrival of the Asian giant hornet. Guest: Mike Baker, a Pacific Northwest correspondent for The New York Times who spoke with Ted McFall, a beekeeper in Washington State. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

Background reading: 

  • The Asian giant hornet can kill humans with its stings. It also decapitates bees methodically. If the hornets spread across the United States and devastate bee populations, which we depend on for one out of every three bites of food we eat, our food supply could be threatened.
  • Although the Asian giant hornet kills honeybees in their hives, some bees have developed a remarkable defense: cooking the hornets alive.
Comments (5)

Laura Eckmann

Murder hornets are not on the east coast. People think all kinds of bugs are the murder hornet but they are ONLY in Washington. Having an "opinion" or "belief" that they are on the east coast does not make it factual.

May 8th
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Jason Bodenheimer

Hi Michael, what is the song playing at minute maker 23?? I tried to Shazam it, but came up empty

May 8th
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The Rabbit Hole

you had me hooked at decapitated bees.

May 8th
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Sara Timbre

In north carolina we've had them for quite a while. My dad is actually deathly allergic and only found out because he got stung. Just saying if your experts think they're only on the west coast, they're very wrong lol

May 8th
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Matthew Perry

those Hornets have been on the east coast for 2 years already. Why is it an emergency all of a sudden when they have been here. Seems like there trying to make more scary news to scare us.

May 8th
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The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’