Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Insecta
                       Family : Vespidae
        Scientific Name : Vespa mandarinia

                       Group : Wasp
                      Colour : Black, Brown Red,
                                          Orange, Yellow
                 Skin Type : Shell
                      Size(L) : 2.7cm - 5.5cm 
                                        (1.1in - 2.2in)

                 Life Span : 3- 5 months
Distinctive Features : Wide black and
                                       orange body and 
                                       large mandibles
                  Fun Fact : The largest easp in
                                         the world!
  1. The Asian Giant Hornets are the largest species of hornets found throughout Eastern Asia.
  2. Their average length is between 2.7 cm and 4.5 cm with a wing span of around 7 cm.
  3. They have orange heads, black mandibles and black and golden bodies.
  4. They have two sets of eyes which are brown in color.
  5. Their stinger is not barbed and enables them to sting their victims repeatedly.
  6. Their Venom is complex, containing 8 different chemicals known to cause various dangerous reactions.
  7. The Asian Giant Hornets are fearless and extremely aggressive.
  8. They prey on insects, particularly the honey bee.
  9. They kill the honeybee with their powerful mandibles rather than with their stingers.
  10. They are known to completely destroy a 30,000+ colony of honeybees within 2 hours.
  11. A fertilized Asian Giant Hornet also known as the queen, builds their nest in spring.
  12. The other hornets in the nest are workers with only the queen being able to reproduce.
  13. The queen lays one egg in each cell of the nest, which hatch in 7 days.
  14. The larvae undergo a 5-stage metamorphosis, spanning 14 days, to become adults.
  15. The Male hornets usually die when mated.
  16. The other female and existing queens die out in autumn, leaving the next generation to survive.
  17. Being apex predators themselves, the Asian Giant Hornets have no natural predators.
  18. Interestingly, though dangerous, they are eaten by humans in Japan as Hornet sashimi.
  19. Deforestation and habitat loss are bringing down their numbers.

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