What Does a Japanese Hornet Look Like?

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A Japanese hornet is 2 inches long and has a 3-inch wingspan. Identify the Japanese hornet by their orange coloration and brown, compound eyes with information from a biology teacher in this free video on insects.

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I'm an animal lover but I usually tell people that my rule for my favorite animals is four legs or less. Not such a big fan of insects, but as a trained ecologist I know that they're incredibly important to the ecosystem. But imagine this. An insect that's about two inches long, has a three inch wing span and it's able to dissolve human flesh. Maybe that's why I'm not such a big fan of insects. I'm Janice Creneti. I've been teaching environmental science for twenty years and I'm here to talk to you today about a species called the Japanese Hornet. It's also known as the Asian Giant Hornet, aptly named since it's got a three inch wing span. That's pretty big even for an insect. Well how can you identify one of these Japanese Hornets? Well they have a very distinct look about them. Because they're an insect their body exists in three parts. The head tends to be sort of an orange color and like most insects they have what are called compound eyes. If you've ever looked at a picture of a fly up close you'll think of all those different lenses on that one eye. And their lenses tend to be brown. The front legs are orange and the back legs are brown as well. They tend to have grayish wings and a bit of a golden tint on the front of their body with darker brown towards the back. Now like I said, these things are pretty dangerous. They actually have a large almost parrot looking like beak that's at their mouth part. And they're capable of injecting venom in to a human being that can actually eventually kill you. If you get bit by one of these it's important to go and seek treatment right away. You don't want to mess with one of these guys. I'm Janice Creneti and this is Japanese Giant Hornet.

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