Oh, jolly: Murder hornets soon to enter “slaughter phase”

The Guardian reminds us that the “murder hornet” is soon to become very active…and very angry.

“Asian giant hornets this time of year start going into what we call the slaughter phase,” said Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist at the Washington state department of agriculture.

In this phase, the hornets launch attacks on honeybee colonies, decapitating workers and dividing up their bodies as food for their young. The prospect is worrisome for farmers who rely on the bees to pollinate key crops, such as blueberries and raspberries.

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