The Case of the Murder Hornet


The arrival of the so-called Asian “murder hornet,” an invasive species to North America, with a nickname that puts “Africanized killer bees” to shame, carries fears that the giant hornet could be disastrous for European honeybee species.

This supersized predator received the nickname as the giant insects can slaughter entire colonies of honeybees, though they’ve also been linked to a few dozen human deaths each year.

The Asian giant hornet, as it’s officially known, is the biggest hornet in the world, with a massive, toxic stinger, an armoured body and an affinity for biting the heads off bees. It also packs a nasty sting for humans, however, typically does not attack unless its nest is threatened.

Habitually, the Asian giant hornet lives in countries like Japan and China, but several specimens were found in British Columbia and Washington state late last year. Wildlife officials are now investigating fresh reports of the insects on both sides of the border, as the giant hornet queens come out of hibernation to venture out for food.

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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.