For most people, the sight of a hornet is enough to give them chills.
They’re creepy, they’re mean, and their stingers pack a seriously painful punch — and those are just the normal ones! Asia was kind enough to bless the world with its own version of the hornet, and it is gigantic.
It’s also aptly named. Universe, meet the Asian giant hornet. Dealing with bumble bees and wasps is about to feel like child’s play.
As if measuring a whopping two inches long wasn’t bad enough, their stingers are about six millimeters longer than those of the hornets we’re used to.
Known colloquially in Japan as osuzumebachi (which translates roughly to “sparrow bee,” because why not?), these buggers are the largest species of hornet on Earth.
Because they’re horrifying creatures, they like to snack on mantises and fellow hornets. Thanks, Japan!