Monday, May 4, 2020

Giant Asian Hornets Invading The U.S.

                As if SARS and the coronavirus weren’t enough, the United States is now being invaded by giant Asian Hornets, hailing from—you guessed it—China. These hornets measure nearly two inches in length and are expected to cost the economy many millions of dollars per year. What’s more, they will likely have a devastating impact on the native honeybee population…since they eat them. Oh, and they can potentially kill  people—even those not allergic-- with a single sting, thereby earning the nickname “murder hornets.” So we have that whole thing going for us, which is nice.
                The alien intruders were accidentally introduced to France from China in 2004 and have been spreading rapidly throughout Europe and other parts of the world ever since. And now they have arrived on our shores. Washington state to be precise. The same state that saw the first coronavirus case. Yet another gift from China.
   “Experts” warn that the Asian Hornets will start swarming soon, as their life cycle begins in April. They say that the invasion is mainly controlled by destroying the critter’s nests, an effort which cost France more than $25 million over the ten-year period from 2006 to 2015, but which isn’t enough to kill off the species. French scientist and lead research professor Franck Courchamp, head of a team studying the economic costs to the E.U. and the U.S., said: "The current study presents only the first estimates of the economic costs resulting from the Asian Hornet, but definitely more actions need to be taken in order to handle harmful invasive species - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning." (To which Democrats and other leftists would quickly add, “This in no way translates to human immigrants, who are always nothing but a great positive for the E.U. and the U.S., economically and culturally!”)
                Washington State University Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist Todd Murray stated that, once invasive species take a foothold, they cause “forever changes” to agriculture and ecosystems. Murray added, “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.” While we still have a chance? Sounds ominous.
               Upon hearing of the infestation, CNN & MSNBC immediately cautioned people not to use the term “Asian Hornets,” as it is insensitive, xenophobic and racist. They suggested use of the term “undocumented species” instead.
   If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Oh, well. Maybe we can shelter in place until the threat is gone.

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