SHAANXI PROVINCE, CHINA – Some Guinness book of world records holders are pretty cool, while others are just odd. But an insect that holds a Guinness record for being the largest species of wasp is making headlines in China, and not because of its size.
But seriously, check out how big these things are!
The Vespa mandarinia, which reportedly has venom so powerful it dissolves human tissue, is being blamed for at least 19 deaths in the central Shaanxi Province.
City government officials say more than 580 people have been stung by the hornets since July, prompting them to set up a 24-hour emergency hornet response team.
Experts say the increase in the killer hornets may be caused by the region’s recent hot and dry weather, land development, and the hornet’s sensitivity to the smell of people.
Hopefully they can get these giant pests under control before they do any more damage.