The Asian giant hornet is an aggressive, 6-centimeter-long hornet that is common to Japan and regularly terrorizes the country’s residents during the summer months.
In the U.S., however, the hornet recently made its way into the headlines after it was recorded as an invasive species in the Pacific northwest region. Just this month, the New York Times dubbed them “murder” hornets.
Matt Alt is a Tokyo-based writer, translator and NHK presenter and author of the soon to be published book “Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World.”
- Do “murder hornets” really exist? (Matt Alt, The New Yorker)
- “Murder Hornets” in the U.S.: The rush to stop the Asian giant hornet (Mike Baker, The New York Times)
- In Japan, the “murder hornet” is both a lethal threat and a tasty treat (Ben Dooley, The New York Times)
- Stung by a giant hornet (Brave Wilderness, YouTube)
- Bug experts dismiss worry about U.S. “murder hornets” as hype (AP, The Japan Times)
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