Man, 73, killed by swarm of 'murder' hornets’ deadly cousins in Spain as coronavirus lockdown eased

A MAN was killed after a swarm of Asian hornets stung him while he was spending a day out on the Spanish coast with his wife.

The shocking incident took place in the province of Pontevedra, Galicia, on Sunday morning after coronavirus lockdowns were eased, say reports.

According to the local authorities the 73-year-old man, whose name has not been revealed, was walking with his wife when they were both stung.

A swarm of yellow-legged Asian hornets – closely related to so-called 'murder' hornets – is said to have descended on the couple.

Reports state emergency crews sent an air ambulance to the town of Poioi to help the lifeless man after he suffered a severe allergic reaction.

Medics are said to have tried resuscitate him on the spot for at least 45 minutes but they could not save his life.

The man’s wife, whose age is not known, is not at risk, G24 News reported.

The news comes after another man, whose name is also unknown, died in the nearby city of Santiago on May 10 after he was also stung.

That victim was stung on the eyebrow by what was believed to have been a 'murder' hornet while tending to a beehive he owned

The yellow-legged variant (vespa velutina) is an invasive species and is believed to have arrived in Europe inside boxes of pottery from China in 2004.

They are known to attack in a group when their nest is threatened and several attacks on humans have been reported in recent years.

WHAT IS AN ASIAN GIANT HORNET AND HOW DO YOU SPOT THEM?

  • The Asian giant hornet is the world's largest species of hornet with a body length of two inches.
  • The insect is native to parts of Asia although it can be found in other countries.
  • They have a dark brown or black velvety body with yellow-tipped legs
  • They have a yellow or orange band on the fourth segment of the abdomen
  • They are smaller than the native European hornet and are not active at night

 

 

 

Their deadly cousins – also from Asia – have been migrating across the world and were first spotted earlier this year in Washington State America.

The massive two-inch wasps massacre honey bees in their hives, decapitating their victims and feeding their bodies to their young.

But the hornets are deadly to humans as well, killing up to 50 people a year in their native Japan alone.

If you think you have seen the insect, you should report this sighting using the “Asian Hornet Watch” app, which is available to download on iPhones or Android smartphones.

You will be asked to include information on the location and date of the sighting, as well as the number of Asian hornets you saw and, if possible, a photo to help identify the insect.

Members of the public are not advised to try to remove a nest themselves as this should be done by experts.

 

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