They deliver one of the most powerful stings in the world, which makes sense, because their stinger is about a 1/4 inches in length.
What’s even more shocking is that they actually kill an average of 40 people per year, and send even more than that to the hospital each year.
The Japanese hornet can be extremely aggressive if provoked, and if stung the venom will attack the nervous system and damage tissue of its victims.
Now, the venom isn’t the most lethal, but it’s the sheer amount that can cause hospitalization… especially if you’re allergic.
Japanese Hornet Nest
credit: flickr / julesberry2001
Giant Japanese Hornet
They have a wing span of 2.4 inches
And this is what happens if you get stung
It only takes 30 of these little terrors to wipe out an entire colony of 30,000 honey bees
Just… Back… Away… Slowly. Actually, you’re probably better off just running.
If you think that’s crazy just check out this rare footage of a human with rabies.