(ScienceDaily/Pensoft Publishers) Known to prey on many insects, including honey bees and other beneficiary species, the Asian hornet, which had recently invaded parts of Europe, presents a serious threat to apiculture and even to ecosystems. Scientists now share concerns about this fast invader spreading to the north.
(OregonLive.com) Washington state authorities say an Asian giant hornet has turned up near the Canadian border. “Although it is not typically aggressive toward humans, this unwelcome pest can inflict a powerful sting and also represents a threat to honeybees, for which they have a voracious appetite.”
(WBIR) Also known as a Red-footed Cannibalfly, it’s a type of robber fly and is a notoriously aggressive insect hunter. They like to hide out and wait for a bee or wasp to fly by before launching at it and stabbing it with its proboscis. They then inject the prey with a saliva cocktail that immobilizes it and liquefies its innards so it can suck out a nice meal.