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Asian giant hornets have reached the US

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Oh hey, guess who lives less than 50 km from where one of these fuckers were found?

 

Yup.

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Once while I was napping or sleeping I heard an insect bumping into my light fixture and thought that must be a pretty big bug.   Then I saw a maybe three inch wasp try to crawl up the front of a monitor and then drop and walk underneath behind it.    I quick went to look for something to deal with it and lost track of it.   So I went and slept out in my car.   Tried to find it the next day and never saw it again, and spent that night at my dad's.   But during the day I talked to a neighbor and found out it was a Cicada Killer.   Looking it up online that night I found out they're totally harmless to people.   I was afraid it was one of these suckers.   I saw one before outside and have seen more since in a nearby park but never one inside again.  Funniest part of the story though...   My grandmother has a phobia of birds and when I was telling her about it, she said, "Are you sure it wasn't a hummingbird?"

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It's the ancestor of the Cazador from Fallout New Vegas.

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1 hour ago, stphrz said:

Oh hey, guess who lives less than 50 km from where one of these fuckers were found?

 

Yup.

 

Your gonna need to upgrade your blowtorch to a flamethrower. :p

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Welp, there goes the bee neighborhood... more.

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Fucking hell.

 

That's so 2020!!! *ba dum tch!*

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2 hours ago, Solmyr said:

It's the ancestor of the Cazador from Fallout New Vegas.

I fucking hate those things.

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53 minutes ago, Avoozl said:

I fucking hate those things.

Mee too, they are like smaller flying death claws.

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Me in January 2020: "New Year, new me! I sure hope my pathological fear of wasps doesn't affect me this year!"

 

May 2020:

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Jokes aside, I find it disheartening to see how many non-human creatures, especially insects, have been affected by the drastic climate change to the point of this happening. No, not in a misanthropic way that some hacks disguised as activists like to spurt out. You can sorta argue that the COVID-19 outbreak, which does cut nature some slack, is a bit overdoing it right now.

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Even more frightening, but in a different way: A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

 

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"Insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the last 27 years.

 

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"Does it matter? Even if bugs make you shudder? Oh yes. Insects are vital plant-pollinators and although most of our grain crops are pollinated by the wind, most of our fruit crops are insect-pollinated, as are the vast majority of our wild plants, from daisies to our most splendid wild flower, the rare and beautiful lady’s slipper orchid."


Furthermore, insects form the base of thousands upon thousands of food chains, and their disappearance is a principal reason why Britain’s farmland birds have more than halved in number since 1970. Some declines have been catastrophic: the grey partridge, whose chicks fed on the insects once abundant in cornfields, and the charming spotted flycatcher, a specialist predator of aerial insects, have both declined by more than 95%, while the red-backed shrike, which feeds on big beetles, became extinct in Britain in the 1990s.

 

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So killer bees weren't enough, we now have to have a giant wasp with venom potent enough to actually kill us with just a few of them.

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2 hours ago, Hellbent said:

"Insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the last 27 years."

 

75%??

 

Now that's depressing. Just yet another proof of the damage humans have done to the planet...

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Does anyone happen to watch Brave Wilderness on YouTube? The protag of that channel, Coyote Peterson, gets himself bitten and stung by giant hornets & wasps like these for Science.

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There's a show like that on cable and whenever I see a commercial for it, I go WTF. What's next, gettin stuck by medieval weapons to see how much they hurt, for science. haha. Oh yeah there's another show where these guys eat ancient packaged food like old WWII rations and shit. Anything to make up a show it seems.

 

Anyhow, fuck these giant hornet things. I don't want to see any of that shit, the normal wasps and hornets are bad enough.

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3 minutes ago, Doom_Dude said:

There's a show like that on cable and whenever I see a commercial for it, I go WTF. What's next, gettin stuck by medieval weapons to see how much they hurt, for science. haha. Oh yeah there's another show where these guys eat ancient packaged food like old WWII rations and shit. Anything to make up a show it seems.

I think there isn't just one another such show, but tons of them. Man vs nature shows, if you may call them.

Also, as for your question about medieval weapons... I mean some people make competitive and recreational stuff out of... this.

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Well these are called hell hornets by many people (or hornets from hell). I guess you can see where this is going.

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15 minutes ago, InDOOMnesia said:

I think there isn't just one another such show, but tons of them. Man vs nature shows, if you may call them.

Also, as for your question about medieval weapons... I mean some people make competitive and recreational stuff out of... this.

 

Yes there's too many of these dumb survivor and naked afraid shows. ;)

 

12 minutes ago, Pegg said:

Well these are called hell hornets by many people (or hornets from hell). I guess you can see where this is going.

 

I think we may have to go into space and nuke them from orbit.

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1 hour ago, Rosh Fragger said:

Does anyone happen to watch Brave Wilderness on YouTube? The protag of that channel, Coyote Peterson, gets himself bitten and stung by giant hornets & wasps like these for Science.

 

I was watching those videos last week. The YouTube algorithm has been recommending a lot of survivalist type content. It knows.

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Well that's just terrifyingly terrific, as if it wasn't bad enough that seeing the usual wasps didn't make me cower in fear enough as it is.

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Last year some wasps that stung me made the mistake of building their nest in a cinder block.   I covered the back and sprayed 90% propyl alcohol in the front.    I stomped ones that fell to the ground and then threw some matches in to torch the nest and remaining ones.

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