We now have a new species of lethal hornets to look out for in parts of the United States. Asian giant hornets have been spotted in the U.S. for the first time. Researchers are calling the bee-killing bugs "murder hornets." Beekeepers in Washington state have reported piles of dead bees with their heads ripped off, and linked them to the murder hornets. The two-inch-long insects carry a sting that can also be deadly to humans if stung multiple times.
Class discussion: Do you think agriculture officials will be able to stop the Asian ‘murder hornets’ from spreading throughout the United States? What would happen if this invasive species decimated native honey bees? How important are bees to food production? What would happen to crops if there were no insects to pollinate the plants? How can the loss of one or two species affect the food chain and even our own survival? How important is it to save plant and animal species?