Man dies after being stung in eyebrow by giant Asian 'murder hornet'
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Man dies after being stung in eyebrow by giant Asian 'murder hornet'

A man died after being stabbed by a murderer, an Asian hornet, while trying to deal with a nest near his home in Spain.

The 54-year-old from Villestro, northwestern Spain, was an avid beekeeper and kept his own beehive.

Local reports say he tried to deal with a hornet’s nest that was close to the hive when stung.

The man was raised at his eyebrow and the injury was fatal.

Last year, Mirror Online reported that the deadly hornets killed five people in France in the spring and that in warmer weather, the insects are likely to come to the UK.

Nests were found in New Alresford and Brockenhurst in New Forest in Hampshire, raising fears that picnicking families might be attacked.

Earlier that year, Mirror Online reported that the first Asian hornets of the year had been spotted in Jersey, the Channel Islands.

Aside from the threat to humans, Asian hornets kill bees and other vital pollinators.

At the time, Christine McClellan of the Isle of Wight Beekeeping Association said, “It is vital that we increase the islanders’ urgent awareness of this impending disaster.

The more people know and understand the threat, the more people will report sightings and the more that can be done to nip the spread of this potential disaster in the bud.

“If this species is allowed to settle on the Isle of Wight, or even anywhere in the UK, the effects will be disastrous for the ecosystem.”

Asian wasps first reached France in a batch of terracotta pots from China nearly a decade ago.

Since then, they have decimated the life of insects and pollinators, especially honey bee colonies, in Western Europe.

They can migrate 50 miles per year.

Physicists say heat waves in the summer have lured them to Britain, and queens who wintered in the winter will now emerge and make nests as the spring weather warms.

A Defra spokesperson said earlier, “Vespa velutina, also known as the Asian hornet, is an invasive alien species from Asia. It arrived in France in 2004 where it quickly spread.

“As a highly effective insect predator, including honeybees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies and possibly other native species.

“The most likely places are in the south of England or goods under which it could be accidentally imported, such as soil with imported potted plants, cut flowers, fruit and wood.”

Asian hornets – Vespa velutina – have an almost entirely dark belly, apart from the fourth segment which is yellow.

They have bright yellow ends on their legs. Click here for more details.


Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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