Something to taken into consideration: Murder Hornets

Jocelyn Rosillo, Writer

Every time someone says 2020 can not get worse,  it does. Coming from Japan, these unusually large wasps [avg. 2 inches in size with a wingspan of around 3 inches] are known as a huge threat and something to be afraid of. 


Currently trending on social media, these venomous predators present more of a danger to beekeepers and honey farms due to the fact that they can take out an entire colony of honeybees. And not only could the already endangered honey bee population go extinct, but it may also stunt honey production. 


Friend to all animals and honey lover, Jessica Maiz (age 25) states, “It is terrifying that this year has been able to get worse,” she continued. “First we lost lives to the coronavirus and now there is a possibility that we can lose lives to these huge wasps.”


Maiz is correct but scientists want to discard the nickname given to them known around the world. Though they have a dangerous sting said to hurt as bad as a burning metal rod, many professionals say they are nothing as bad as what people show them as. 


As someone who is always up-to-date with everything going on around in the world, college graduate, Ashley Valdez says, “Even though the scientists say we should change their name to something more tame or stop overreacting because of the connotation its nickname holds, we should still be warned about the dangers they impose,” Valdez stated. “I saw that they can sting through thick clothing, make your arm swell with one sting, or kill someone with more than one sting similar to most wasps but the effect of this species is worse than normal ones.”   


On a not so serious matter, they are not in California yet, but we should know what to do when we come across one and that there are also some funny/crazy things coming out of these bugs coming our way. 


Meme lover and social media lover, Priscila Rodriguez, 9, says, “These jokes have me DYING. I think it’s cool how our generations now can turn a horrible situation into something better by both spreading awareness on the matter and joking around,” Rodriguez expressed. “It really shows how creative people can be and the severity of the matter. I mean… we have to make jokes to forget about how dangerous or scary these things can be!”


With a mild bee allergy, Luke Eastcoast, 12, says, “I already have to worry about going to the park and outside ready with an epipen so these hornets could be very serious for anyone with a bee allergy,” Eastcoast states. “Now I have to be extra careful and one hundred percent be sure that I carry one and have my phone ready for speed dial.” 


And like many say,


“Welcome to Jumanji” 2020 edition.